The first real superstar golfer to visit Chambers Bay revealed some of his thoughts Wednesday about the 115th U.S. Open championship site.
Speaking to ESPN.com after his morning pro-am round at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, Phil Mickeslson called Chambers Bay a “modern-day links golf course,” adding that it resembled something seen a British Open.
“The grass, the style, the shots needed — I thought everything about it was a British Open,” Mickelson told ESPN.com. “Nothing resembled your stereotypical U.S. Open.”
These were similar comments he made to The News Tribune and a local television station last Thursday after playing the front nine of Chambers Bay in 31/2 hours. He returned the next day to study the back nine before taking a private flight out of Tacoma Narrows Airport.
Mickelson badly wants to add this championship to his resume to complete golf’s “Career Slam.” He has a record six U.S. Open runner-up finishes — but won the 2012 British Open at Muirfield.
The five-time major champion says he cannot see the conditons at Chambers Bay getting out of hand.
“I don’t see the wind being as strong as a typical British Open,” Mickelson told ESPN.com. “They won’t be able to get the greens very fast, to where they’re out of control. Certainly, there’s a lot of contour, but around the hole where the pin placements are, they seem very fair.
“I really enjoyed it.”