Golfers get in final practice shots at US Open at Erin Hills

The U.S. Golf Association respectfully declined Stricker's application for an exemption even though he is certain to be a crowd favourite playing in an event about an hour's drive from his home.

The storms moved in overnight and kept pounding Erin Hills through the morning, closing the course for some 3 hours with just two practice days remaining before the U.S. Open. It was the PGA Tour's longest winning streak since Rory McIlroy also won three consecutive titles in 2014.

"I've heard nothing but great stuff about this golf course and how much everyone's attitude is great at the start of the week, " Day said.

"I think it's just one of those things that happen, one of those rolls", Garcia, 37, said with a shrug.

Amateur golfer John Oda follows his shot from the 11th fairway during a practice round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills. For someone who grew up in Northern Ireland, he has the reputation of favoring benign conditions instead of firm, wind-whipped conditions.

As with most big sporting or entertainment events weather is the wildcard, and with blazing temperatures and a threat of violent thunderstorms spectator safety will be a prime concern.

As for Oakmont a year ago, that was a breakdown in communication and delivering the ruling at the right time.

Johnson did hold onto ambitions of playing, but after making the first tee, he walked off after realising his body would not hold up for a full round at the Augusta National Course.

McIlroy has been at the rolling Wisconsin venue since Friday bidding to make up for lost time after a month on the sidelines. He says he can swing and has full power.

The unknown is how sharp he will be this week. "I didn't feel like my body was restricting me in any way from doing what I wanted to do", he said.

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"There are a lot of good memories coming back; the people are fantastic". "I feel like I belong here". But this is the week I want to peak.

"But I'm totally fine to play".

The last six majors - including Johnson's maiden US Open victory - have been won by players who had never won a major before. Johnson played two practice rounds last week after missing the cut at the Memorial.

Keep it in the fairway. And keep a good attitude.

Rickie Fowler: Following back-to-back U.S. Open missed cuts, which included the shocking first-round 81 at Chambers Bay in 2015, Fowler is long overdue for his breakthrough major.

Stenson got his first look at the challenging Erin Hills layout by walking the course. With all the slopes going off the green, you might miss the green by three feet, roll off to 30 feet and being able to putt those, or even if you want to bump, run, chip it close, it's going to be important. "It's a matter of how you handle yourself in that moment to prepare yourself to greatness". He won the Farmers Insurance Open in January and has recorded five more top-five finishes to zoom up the world rankings to No10.

RULES OFFICIALS: The U.S. Open wants to be a little quicker with its communications over rules issues, especially in light of a year ago at Oakmont. The exception in that span was Phil Mickelson at the 2010 Masters.

"When Tiger got injured and he had some time off, all these young guys came along and learned how to win without that intimidation factor", Nicklaus said. Both are renowned for their short games, as is Spieth.

"As always, the USGA likes to trick it up a little bit at times and if you go off track, then you're going to notice that that's not the place to be in a lot of areas, said the Swede". That meant Johnson played the last seven holes not knowing what his score would be.

"I get that it's thick and whatever, but it's a hazard".

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