The U.S. Open: Everything You Need to Know
Chambers Bay has a lot of tricks up its sleeve. Mark Crossfield breaks down everything you need to know about the links course on steroids, including what it’ll take to win the 115th championship.
Released on 6/18/2015
Welcome to The Waggle.
My name's Mark Crossfield.
It's US Open time, second major of the year.
Let's see what Chambers Bay might just throw at us.
So US Open, Chambers Bay.
First time I've ever seen this kind of style
of golf course used for a US Open.
Looks more like The Open than the US Open.
It's got some little tricks up its sleeve,
Chambers Bay, hasn't it?
The first one is the yardage.
This is a links course on steroids.
This thing is beefcake.
We have 540 yard par fours.
Yes, you heard me.
It's gonna challenge the whole field, this course,
but what the winner's gonna need to show
is a great long game off the tee and into greens.
And they're gonna have to show a really good level
of imagination around the greens.
That real tight short game is gonna be key
for conquering Chambers Bay.
Who's got that at the moment?
Lots of reports on what a tough walk Chambers Bay is
for the spectators and the players.
Lots of elevation changes.
Walking up and down dunes, it is a tough walk,
but one thing I do know, it's never a tough walk
when you're leading in these events.
It's always a tough walk even if you're playing
the most flattest golf course in the world,
when you're struggling in front of the world's media.
The US Open has always had a reputation
for tricked up golf courses.
I think Chambers Bay has one of the best tricks
I've ever seen on a golf course.
It has holes that can change par.
Yes. Change par.
You heard me.
You've got par fours that will be par fives.
They'll be switching from day to day.
That's one hell of a trick.
You can just see it, can't you?
What do you have there, Ricky?
Oh, I had a par.
I thought you had a five.
Yeah, I did.
I had a five, yeah par.
That's a par four today, mate.
So who's gonna win at Chambers Bay?
Always hard to pick a winner of a major.
So much great talent out there playing.
It will play into the hands of the people
who've got good distance and are not afraid
to use the whole width of the fairways.
And one thing's for sure,
the winner's gonna have to show a fantastic element
of short game skills, imagination, creativity,
real control around the greens.
Out of all the golfers playing,
I just can't think of one who fits that kind of criteria.
I can't. (bell tolling)
There isn't any, is there?
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