UNIVERSITY PLACE Martin Kaymer has never been to Chambers Bay. He’s never been to Washington state. Heck, he’s never been to the Pacific Northwest.
He’s never defended a U.S. Open title, either.
He’ll be doing all that and more starting June 18 at Chambers Bay.
The first German-born player to win the U.S. Open said Monday via video call from a practice round in San Francisco for this weekend’s Match Play Championship he will likely arrive at Chambers Bay on Saturday June 13, two days before the first practice round and a full five days before round one.
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“That’s when you usually have the golf course to yourself,” Kaymer said.
That’s so he can learn Chambers Bay unique, links layout with tee boxes on inclines or declines. It’s what USGA executive director Mike Davis said Monday “is a bold site…it is a ‘wow’ site. We don’t have anything that we’ve played for the U.S. Open that is even remotely close to this.”
Kaymer only knows about eight-year-old Chambers Bay from what he’s seen in pictures. The European likens Chambers’ 120-yard-wide fairways – almost four times the normal width for a standard U.S. Open – to the famed links courses at the birthplace of golf. That includes “my favorite golf course in the world,” the Old Course at St. Andrews on the coast of Scotland.
He also has apparently only seen the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce’s pictures of Chambers Bay – such as one from a potentially deceptively sunny, 78-degree Monday.
“For the people of Great Britain it looks like a links golf course,” Kaymer said, “with really good weather.”