The most enjoyable walk yet is awaiting University Place’s Michael Greller.
He gets to bring newly minted Masters Tournament champion Jordan Spieth back to Chambers Bay — where Greller first caddied — for the U.S. Open.
“The spotlight will be on Jordan. He enjoys being in that spot, and I think he will embrace it,” said Greller, the former schoolteacher turned PGA Tour caddie.
“That will be a fun walk.”
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It is official: Next up: the U.S. Open.
And next up: Chambers Bay.
In 64 days, the national Open will come to the Northwest for the first time — and to one of the most unusual golf layouts you’ll see in the United States.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the vacated rock quarry in University Place was turned into a championship 18-hole links-style golf course — something very common in England, Ireland and Scotland.
Seven months after it opened, Chambers Bay was awarded the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the upcoming U.S. Open by the United States Golf Association.
The best professional golfers in the world — top-ranked Rory McIlroy, three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson, 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, and, of course, Spieth — will be here for three days of practice (June 15-17) and four competitive rounds (June 18-21).
“I think the guys will like it,” said Patrick Reed, the 15th-ranked golfer in the world who played the 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay.
“We are all good at adapting and playing different golf course. If (the wind) blows, and it is a little cool, it is going to be a tough course.”
Now that the year’s first major — the Masters — is out of the way, the golfers can turn their attention to what is ahead with the U.S. Open.
“You start thinking about the U.S. Open right around (Sunday) night, or next week,” said Keegan Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship winner. “I am excited. I have never been there. I cannot remember seeing pictures of it. I will go a little early and check the place out.”
Some guys, like Ryan Palmer, said they will fly up to Washington in late April to play a round at Chambers Bay before the start of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco (April 29-May 3).
Many, like 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar and others, will come up the week before the start of the U.S. Open.
And many, like defending U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer, Jimmy Walker and McIlroy don’t plan on seeing it until the Monday of the U.S. Open when practice rounds start.
“It is right around the corner,” Puyallup golfer Ryan Moore said. “I’ve got a good stretch of golf to play ... and then we are there.”