The crowds keep growing at Chambers Bay as does anticipation for the Northwest’s first U.S. Open.
The final day of practice is underway at the palatial University Place golf course and players are finalizing their strategy for taming the undulating beast.
The groups are moving around the course slowly as they examine the terrain from multiple angles. At one point Wednesday morning groups were backed up three deep on the 12th tee box.
Rickie Fowler smoked a drive up the fairway then headed for the practice green after playing just two holes.
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Several big name golfers are scheduled to play practice rounds this afternoon. Lee Janzen, winner of the 1993 and 1998 U.S. Opens, is scheduled to tee off on No. 1 at 2:17 p.m.
Graeme McDowell, the 2010 champ, is scheduled to start a practice round from No. 10 at 2:28 p.m. The 2011 British Open champ, Darren Clarke, and two-time U.S. Open third-place finisher Lee Westwood are the next group at 2:39 p.m.
Defending Masters champ Jordan Spieth has a practice round scheduled for 3:12 p.m. starting on Hole 10.