"We've got safeguards in place this year", he added, saying the USGA was prepared to add water to the greens if necessary between the morning and afternoon waves.
The difference between Koepka and Fowler, of course, is the number of majors: four to zero.
What Pebble Beach lacks in length at a shade over 7,000 yards, it more than makes up for with its degree of difficulty as a combination of thick rough, small, quick greens and a capricious Pacific Ocean breeze forms a lethal cocktail that can leave even the most clear-thinking athlete vulnerable to disaster. And more so than any other week I know that we're going to miss putts.
"But if you miss a fairway, it's impossible".
"You never know what's going to happen". He proceeded to drive down the middle and make forur with his second ball to get away with a bogey six.
"You have to look at those guys differently", Mickelson said.
"The majors that I ve won, I started every single one of them really well, rounds in sort of the mid-60s".
All eyes are on Brooks Koepka, who is looking to win his third straight U.S. Open and fifth major - all since 2017.
McIlroy was among the early starters and he made the most of benign conditions in California as he began his round from the 10th tee alongside Spain's Jon Rahm and Australian Marc Leishman.
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"This is where I feel like I should belong and it's where I feel like I will belong at some point - whether it's in the next year or it's five years from now, " Young told The Post.
Koepka, bidding to become the first golfer in over a century to win three consecutive U.S. Opens, stormed through his outward nine in three-under to sit two behind co-leaders Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and South African Louis Oosthuizen in the clubhouse on five-under 66.
And after Woods' dramatic win in April at the Masters, his 15th major but first since 2008, golf analysts predicted the sport would see a surge in interest, from TV ratings to golf equipment sales and rounds played by the public.
On his scouting trip to Pebble with Tiger two weeks ago, McNamara said: "We're there to see the course and see the changes". "If you're ever going to have a blueprint of a US Open, this is the one. So I'm very excited about this week and the potential of many years to come".
In 2000 when Pebble Beach hosted for the fourth time, Tiger Woods was dominant with a win by 15 strokes, the largest margin by a victor in U.S. Open history.
Woods, who has to carefully manage his fitness and playing load following multiple back surgeries, said Tokyo may be his best realistic chance of playing in an Olympics.
"We are endeavoring to set up and play a US Open as the US 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.
McIlroy and McDowell are brimming with confidence, but Offaly man Lowry is as confident as anyone without losing that fear factor that keeps a hunter on his toes.
"He thinks that I'm an underachiever, and he wants me to win a lot more tournaments", Day said.