More than 300 tents have been constructed. Finishing touches are being done on the bleachers that surround the 18th green, which can seat around 6,000 people, and there will be around 18,000 bleacher seats overall at the June 18-21 tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place.

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UNIVERSITY PLACE — With construction nearly done and the golf course in superb condition, Danny Sink, the championship coordinator for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, talked Friday about how he almost would like to speed up the process.

“We’re two weeks out, and I feel like we could start tomorrow,” Sink said.

That won’t happen, of course, with practice rounds starting June 15, followed by the championship from June 18 to 21.

More than 300 tents have been constructed. Finishing touches are being done on the bleachers that surround the 18th green, which can seat around 6,000 people, the most ever at a hole in a U.S. Open, and there will be around 18,000 bleacher seats overall.

Sink arrived at Chambers Bay nearly two years ago, the first USGA staff member on site, and was presented with the unique challenges of preparing for the championship at a site and in a region where it had never been held.

“Certainly, having a golf course that was fairly new and coming to a place that was new to the U.S. Open, there were all these unknowns,” Sink said. “But I can tell you, being (16) days from the Monday, the first practice-round day, there has been overwhelmingly positive community outreach, community support, volunteer support and local hospitality support.”

Now it’s just a matter of fine-tuning, Sink said.

“The upbuild has gone great,” he said. “We still need to put some tweaks in place, but there have been no real stumbling blocks. We’ve had great support, and we’re really excited to welcome the world. I mean, folks that come here for the first time are just in awe of the beauty and the brawn of Chambers Bay. It’s a spectacular venue, and we’re excited to show it off.”

Reg Jones, senior director of the U.S. Open and Sink’s supervisor, also said everything is going as planned. He stood outside the auxiliary merchandise tent (the main one will be 40,000 square feet) and above a flurry of activity on the course, which included some construction and a couple of U.S. Open players getting in an early practice round. He laughed at the memory of the rumors that got back to him a couple of years back, about how the U.S. Open was going to be moved from Chambers Bay.

There never was any credibility to those rumors, he said.

Jones gives a lot of credit to Sink, who has been the championship coordinator at six previous Opens. In addition to handling all the preparation outside the ropes, his job has been to promote the tournament, and speaking to the public comes easily for the outgoing and charismatic Sink. Jones joked about Sink being shy and the need to get him out of his shell.

“I have worked with Danny for a number of years, and he was the perfect person at a new place like this,” Jones said. “Not only because of his experience, but because he has been the face of the U.S. Open here.”

Note

• Chambers Bay representatives would not say which players were practicing Friday, but Phil Mickelson spent a few hours on the front nine Thursday. He told KCPQ (Channel 13) that he was glad he spent time at Chambers Bay and called it a very interesting course.