Woods said he was paying attention when USGA executive director Mike Davis, the man who will set up the course for the June 18-21 U.S. Open, said the winner will be the player who really knows the course.
Tiger Woods, who played nine holes Monday at Chambers Bay in University Place and the other nine Tuesday before flying to this week’s Memorial tournament, told reporters Wednesday that he got a lot of work done in the two 3½-hour sessions.
“It is a different type of golf course,” he said at his news conference in Dublin, Ohio. “We don’t even see this in British Opens because they are not banked like this,” Woods said. “Yeah, I understand you can run the ball up on every hole, or (have) the opportunity to be able to run it up.”
Woods said he was paying attention when USGA executive director Mike Davis, the man who will set up the course for the U.S. Open, said the winner will be the player who really knows the course.
@ chambers Bay, June 18
“Generally you look at old-school U.S. Opens, right? It is back to the tee box, narrow fairways, high rough, miss it, hack out — and try and make a par from the fairway,” Woods said. “Here at Chambers, there are so many different landing areas, angles and aggressive or passive (shot) lines. Run the ball up … even 30 yards right of the green, or left of the green, and it comes back down to 10 feet (from the hole).”
But does Woods like the course? He said that will depend on how Davis sets it up.
Transportation goal: 30 minutes or less
For Danny Sink, the championship coordinator of the U.S. Open, perhaps his biggest challenge preparing for the event was coming up with a transportation plan that would get people to the course in a relatively quick manner.
That often is the biggest challenge at an Open, whether it’s in an isolated spot such as Pebble Beach, Calif., or near a big city, such as Congressional outside Washington, D.C.
Sink had hoped for a train stop right outside the entrance to the tournament, but that was scrapped last fall. But he said the plan in place should work well, with most spectators taking a shuttle from the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup or Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.
“We think 30 minutes is a realistic time, and it depends on the day,” Sink said. “If you come at 5 a.m. on Monday, it’s going to take you 20 minutes. If you’re coming at 5 p.m. on a Friday, it’s probably going to take you 30, 35 minutes. It’s not a Domino’s Pizza guarantee, but we anticipate our shuttle rides will be about 30 minutes.”
• Amateurs Bobby Holden, who just finished his senior season at Redlands University, and Byron Meth, who just finished his second season at Pacific, got a surprise when they saw who was part of their three-man group for Monday’s sectional qualifying in Newport Beach, Calif.: Seattle native and Hall of Famer Fred Couples. They tee off at 7:40 a.m.
• Chambers Bay golf course is closed for play, but the restaurant is open through Wednesday.