After his final practice round Wednesday, 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose took to social media and raved about the Chambers Bay buzz to his nearly 430,000 Twitter followers.
“There’s a good energy about people out there,” Rose said. “They're very encouraging and supportive and are looking forward to seeing some golf.”
Because of the course’s size and wide fairways, Rose feels spectators are more removed than other U.S. Opens, including at Merion two years ago where he captured his first major.
That doesn’t mean the crowds won’t be boisterous. The USGA said the grandstand at the 18th green is the largest in U.S. Open history, holding approximately 6,000 fans.
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“I think the scene on Sunday is going to be amazing,” Rose said.
He said he’s using the same approach to Chambers Bay as he did at Merion: Patience, churning out pars and taking birdies when they come.
“It’s just about staying away from the big number,” he said. “If you can do things like that and not give away cheap shots, or cheap bogeys, that’s going to help come (at) the end of the week.”