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

Credits

Starring: Mark Crossfield

Transcript

00:00
Welcome to The Waggle.
00:01
My name's Mark Crossfield.
00:02
It's US Open time, second major of the year.
00:05
Let's see what Chambers Bay might just throw at us.
00:09
(energetic music)
00:14
So US Open, Chambers Bay.
00:16
First time I've ever seen this kind of style
00:19
of golf course used for a US Open.
00:21
Looks more like The Open than the US Open.
00:24
It's got some little tricks up its sleeve,
00:27
Chambers Bay, hasn't it?
00:28
The first one is the yardage.
00:30
This is a links course on steroids.
00:33
This thing is beefcake.
00:35
We have 540 yard par fours.
00:38
Yes, you heard me.
00:39
Par fours.
00:40
Calm down?
00:41
It's gonna challenge the whole field, this course,
00:44
but what the winner's gonna need to show
00:46
is a great long game off the tee and into greens.
00:50
(playful music)
00:54
And they're gonna have to show a really good level
00:56
of imagination around the greens.
00:58
That real tight short game is gonna be key
01:02
for conquering Chambers Bay.
01:03
Who's got that at the moment?
01:05
(playful music)
01:09
Lots of reports on what a tough walk Chambers Bay is
01:12
for the spectators and the players.
01:14
Lots of elevation changes.
01:17
Walking up and down dunes, it is a tough walk,
01:19
but one thing I do know, it's never a tough walk
01:23
when you're leading in these events.
01:25
It's always a tough walk even if you're playing
01:27
the most flattest golf course in the world,
01:30
when you're struggling in front of the world's media.
01:33
The US Open has always had a reputation
01:36
for tricked up golf courses.
01:37
I think Chambers Bay has one of the best tricks
01:40
I've ever seen on a golf course.
01:42
It has holes that can change par.
01:45
Yes. Change par.
01:46
You heard me.
01:47
You've got par fours that will be par fives.
01:50
They'll be switching from day to day.
01:53
That's one hell of a trick.
01:55
You can just see it, can't you?
01:56
What do you have there, Ricky?
01:58
Oh, I had a par.
01:58
I thought you had a five.
01:59
Yeah, I did.
02:00
I had a five, yeah par.
02:02
No, no.
02:03
That's a par four today, mate.
02:04
Changing par?
02:05
So who's gonna win at Chambers Bay?
02:07
Always hard to pick a winner of a major.
02:09
So much great talent out there playing.
02:13
It will play into the hands of the people
02:15
who've got good distance and are not afraid
02:17
to use the whole width of the fairways.
02:20
(playful music)
02:22
And one thing's for sure,
02:23
the winner's gonna have to show a fantastic element
02:26
of short game skills, imagination, creativity,
02:30
real control around the greens.
02:32
(playful music)
02:35
Out of all the golfers playing,
02:36
I just can't think of one who fits that kind of criteria.
02:40
I can't. (bell tolling)
02:41
There isn't any, is there?
02:42
Watch the videos.
02:44
Always watch videos.
02:45
Follow me wherever I go.
02:48
I love you Golf Digest.
02:49
Click the links, the links are down there usually.
02:53
Oh, hey!
02:55
I love Golf Digest.
02:58
Can't believe they're letting me have free run on this show.
03:02
(hip hop music)
03:03
Oops.
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