Golfers get in final practice shots at US Open at Erin Hills

"Very exciting to be here", Stricker said. "I worked hard to get here".

Day's best work usually plays quite well at the U.S. Open. While he has spoken of his disappointment about that rejection, he emphasized Tuesday that he knew all along it was a long shot and holds no grudges. "It just depends on where it ends up, what the lie is", he said.

"There might be a little less expectation on me this week, so I can go out there and play freely, go at pins".

"When someone has cancer and you don't know whether or not they're going to survive or what the outcome is going to happen - and plus with my mom, who sacrificed a lot for me to be in this position today, it was tough", said the 29-year-old Day, who was 12 when his father died of stomach cancer.

"I go into every tournament expecting to play well, and this is really no different", said Stricker, who will serve as the US captain at this year's Presidents Cup starting on September 28 in New Jersey.

However United States Golf Association chief executive Mike Davis said Wednesday the decision to mow down down the rough was unrelated to feedback from the players and was made in response to heavy rain lashing the course.

Stricker took care of that by winning the qualifying tournament in Memphis.

"I think previous year there were two things we fell short on - it took too long to make the ruling and it left uncertainty with the competition", said John Bodenhamer, the USGA's managing director of rules and competition. I don't feel it at all. "No one gave me a spot, where if somebody would've given me a sponsor's spot I would've felt like I owed somebody something". Definitely like the golf courses up here, they're tremendous golf courses, but I'm just trying to do the best job I can.

Last week: Daniel Berger won the FedEx St. Jude Classic for the second straight year.

"As it all turned out it was meant to be the way I did it". Rahm has such passion for how he plays that his emotion can get the best of him.

He plans to attend his daughter Amanda's high school graduation in Carlsbad, Calif., on Thursday morning and there's no way he could make his scheduled 2:20 p.m. I love the people up here - very, very nice, very genuine people. "The ovation I got when I went up on No. 9 yesterday ... yeah, it's pretty cool".

Jack Nicklaus always ruled out players who had been critical of the setup of a course during a tournament week, otherwise focussing on adapting his own game to the conditions. But it's special to be here. If I stay patient and stick to the process and my gameplan, preparing the way I should and doing the right things, it'll come.

"Preparation-wise", he added, "instead of hitting five bags of balls, I'll hit two, just something like that". "The people are fantastic".

  • Leroy Wright