Fox Sports Hosts Preview Chambers Bay

We asked Fox Sports commentators Joe Buck, Greg Norman, Brad Faxon and Holly Sonders what they thought of 2015 U.S. Open venue Chambers Bay.

Released on 6/15/2015

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Producer: Stephen Barrante

Transcript

00:08
Well, when I walked up and looked down over here I went,
00:10
Wow, a simple statement like that.
00:13
Massive scale.
00:15
It's a unique,
00:16
it's gorgeous.
00:18
I mean, when you get on the top of the hill
00:19
and look down the first time, it's sensational.
00:22
I mean, it's a hard golf course to walk.
00:24
I mean, take the playing out of it,
00:26
just the traversing of the hills
00:29
and the working your way uphill.
00:32
I think it's gonna take a lot out
00:33
of these players physically.
00:35
It's gonna be very interesting
00:37
to see how the players can focus their shot,
00:40
where they're gonna hit it, how they're gonna hit it.
00:42
Because, they're never gonna experience seeing
00:46
the ball roll out, like they, in the U.S. Open,
00:49
like this is gonna roll out.
00:51
So, you can mishit your shot by maybe 10 feet
00:54
and you could finish 50, 60 yards away from the pin loation.
00:59
This place is a lot more difficult than I imagined.
01:01
These greens are enormous,
01:03
it's the one thing that surprised me.
01:04
I had no idea the undulation in these greens.
01:06
And, some of the pin placements could get pretty tricky.
01:10
Well, I think just by nature,
01:11
if you took pictures of every hole
01:13
and you said, where are we?
01:15
You'd be hard-pressed to believe we're in the United States.
01:19
I think, if you look at the overall layout
01:23
of this golf course, it's very un-U.S. Open-like,
01:27
where it's not tight fairways, it's not tree-lined,
01:30
it's not, this is a completely unique setup.
01:33
I think the players are going to be very surprised
01:36
by what they see here.
01:41
These players are gonna come out
01:42
of this event talking about the greens.
01:45
That is the most striking part of this golf course,
01:47
besides the beautiful views, but, I think
01:49
that the greens are what the players are really gonna
01:51
spend their time evaluating
01:53
and the caddies are gonna have
01:55
to really concentrate on that.
01:56
Um, at times, the way even the ball sounds
01:59
when the ball hits the green, like on seven,
02:01
I think is gonna be like that trampoline-effect
02:03
that we haven't heard anywhere in a United States Open,
02:07
or maybe anywhere in an event on television.
02:09
The gigantic mounds, that are actually man-made,
02:12
that look so natural here.
02:14
I mean, Trent Jones moved a million cubic yards of dirt,
02:17
which is a tremendous amount in this minimalist sort of day.
02:20
You better have a caddie who's really on his game.
02:23
He's got to be able to give you
02:24
the yardages to those mounds.
02:26
He's got to be able to explain them to you.
02:28
You've got to be able to get a visual snapshot
02:31
of what to expect when your ball lands up there.
02:34
So, the teamwork between the player
02:36
and the caddie has got to be so precise this week.
02:42
I think it's gonna require somebody that can do it all.
02:45
The player who's got great visualization,
02:48
got great control of the spin of his golf ball.
02:51
There's gonna be situations where you need
02:53
to impart a lot of spin on the ball to get it to stop,
02:56
and a lot of situations where you need to flight that ball
03:00
with a little less spin to get it chasing up
03:02
some of these greens.
03:03
And, some of these greens have so much undulation
03:06
and so many difficult sections of the greens to hit to,
03:09
that if you're hitting a short iron
03:10
and can control the spin on the ball,
03:12
you're gonna have a much better chance.
03:15
So, the guy whose got control of that spin
03:17
and can visualize his shots and feel it,
03:20
could be anybody.
03:21
It's gonna be who can get it up and down
03:22
out of these bunkers and who can read these greens
03:25
from far away
03:26
and hit it to one spot,
03:27
knowing that it's gonna end up in another spot.
03:29
That, to me, is the guy that's gonna win.
03:36
It's the, it's the approach shots
03:38
and knowing that links-style.
03:41
Like, they're gonna have to hit it to a certain area,
03:44
a lot of the times, completely away from the hole.
03:46
The British Open-like feel of the golf course,
03:48
where balls are gonna bounce and bounce in front
03:50
of the greens, because it's this fescue grass
03:52
throughout the course and sandy soils.
03:54
It's gonna be firm and you're not going to be able
03:56
to land shots right by the pin and stop them.
03:58
Ball's gonna have to bounce yards, yards short of the green
04:01
to run up there, especially some
04:03
of these downwind, downhill shots.
04:05
It's gonna be amazing to watch a player
04:07
have to adapt to that.
04:09
They're gonna be challenged in ways
04:10
that they haven't seen, maybe even at Augusta National.
04:13
These greens are very severe and I mean that
04:15
in an awesome way, because they're in great shape
04:17
and they're unique.
04:19
I just think players are going to be really tested.
04:22
You're gonna have massive elevation changes
04:24
and if there's any little bit of a wind,
04:26
players aren't used to that,
04:27
where the ball's hanging up there for so long
04:30
and then hitting the ground and then releasing some.
04:33
So, your calculation on time and where you want the ball
04:37
to finish, is something that none of these guys
04:39
have probably ever played or ever experienced.
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