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