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Flowing Rory McIlroy aiming to create history at US Open

First impressions of Pebble Beach setup for U.S. Open Lush	
				Geoff Shackelford  Golfweek First impressions of Pebble Beach setup for U.S. Open Lush Geoff Shackelford Golfweek
Cary Erickson | 13 June, 2019, 23:00

McIlroy, the 2011 U.S. Open victor, hopes he can start well at Pebble Beach on Thursday, saying it was the key to possible success. "Woods's history here is obviously strong", he wrote.

To make it anything less than flawless, it seems, would take work.

CBS Sports will be along for the entire ride with Woods at the 2019 U.S. Open this week, covering everything Big Cat does both on and off the course, hopefully through the weekend.

Phil Mickelson will try once again to win the only major he hasn't in his Hall of Fame career and complete the career Grand Slam.

"It is not lost on us that this is an important week, not only for golf, this is an important week for the USGA", said Mike Davis, the organization's CEO.

The players, majority here since Monday for the practice rounds, seem to be keeping an open mind, and appear to like what they are seeing. "The golf course is fantastic from start to finish", Johnson said. "I know the odds are stacked up probably even more against me now".

It's not unusual for organizers to rave about the condition of a golf course on the eve of a major championship. Plus, we're at Pebble Beach.

Attribute some of that to the weather.

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Here's what some experts from various publications expect from the U.S. Open. The rough is ideal, with long blades of grass that fold over making the ball visible, but also grabbing the club to make it hard to control shots. To avoid any repeat, he said, syringes will be used to add water to the greens before the morning and afternoon sessions if the putting area becomes too dry and too fast.

"I said, I know. It is truly magnificent". During the PGA Tour stop, it's the easiest of the event's three courses without wind, the toughest when it blows. That's true at most U.S. Opens - or used to be.

"We are endeavoring to set up and play a U.S. Open as the U.S. Open has always been at Pebble Beach and just let history unfold, as it always has, and it will take care of itself", Bodenhamer said. There's so many guys that shoot themselves out of it just because it's a major.

Koepka is scheduled to tee of at 1:47 pm (2047 GMT) alongsid British Open champion Francesco Molinari of Italy and US Amateur champion Viktor Hovland of Norway.

Seven years ago, at age 15, Young missed earning a spot into the U.S. Open by a mere three shots in the sectional qualifier at Canoe Brook in Summit, N.J.

In his other win this season at the Players Championship, Mcllroy underscored his front-runner status when he opened with rounds of 67 and 65 and took the pressure off slightly as he closed with 70s on Saturday and Sunday.

"Any time you win a tournament by more than three shots, it's a great performance". We were at Friars Head playing the Ike and I ended up taking second and he won it. No single tournament can be the ultimate test of golf. Unsurprisingly, Koepka is 8/1 co-favourite with Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy to continue his remarkable run in the major championships but there is still plenty of value to be found among golf's top names.

McIlroy's first-round blues have been a habit in recent years - especially at the US Open.