The course plays host to the 118th installment of the open, and its sixth in its history. "Pebble Beach is such a wonderful place with what we try to accomplish in achieving a tough test".
Ultimately, Li is dreaming of winning major championships, which would be a huge boost for professional golf in China, where the game is already benefiting greatly through the advent of the events like the WGC-HSBC Champions and PGA Tour Series-China, for which he won the inaugural order of merit title in 2014 following three victories that season.
A U.S. Open used to be easily defined: Tight fairways, risky rough, and deadly quick greens.
McIlroy, who could become the first player to win the US Open immediately after notching a US PGA Tour title, said it would be "liberating and satisfying" to end his major drought on the course where Northern Ireland s Graeme McDowell won the US Open in 2010.
But the build up to the 119th US Open at cherished Pebble Beach Golf Links has included rumbles of discontent over recent miscues stretching back to the shocking condition of the greens at Chambers Bay in 2015 and including the 2016 rules debacle at Oakmont, which saw eventual victor Dustin Johnson play the last seven holes without being certain of his score. "I don't know how many times it's even been done on the PGA Tour, let alone a major championship". Mike Davis, who through it all did everything with the best of intentions, has stepped away from course setup duties, turning them over to Rodenhamer.
"That said, this will challenge parts of his game we're just not sure about at the moment".
Rory McIlroy is playing with a "freedom" he last felt in 2016 as he eyes a fast start to the U.S. Open, which begins on Thursday. "We will follow what the architect intended with that true test in the way the golf course is presenting both on the putting greens and the fairways".
Wind is the greatest defence of Pebble Beach.
"He gave me a Raptors jersey and I gave him my putter and thought he was going to give it to [my caddie] up at the scoring area", said McIlroy. I'm talking myself up a little here, but it does free you up. It might be the most spectacular venue for a golf tournament in the world. Getting back somewhat close to its old identity would be a blessing for the game, because by trying to be too many things, it almost ended up as nothing.
As one of the longest and most accurate drivers in golf, McIlroy will also have an advantage with the US Open notorious for narrow fairways and thick rough.
"I traded him", McIlroy said on Wednesday. But I feel like everything is in good shape and I'm ready to go'.
"And I saw Harry [Diamond]".
Johnson has two victories and two runner-up finishes in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am, and he was the 54-hole leader the last time the U.S. Open was at Pebble Beach. Hopefully over time that self-reinforcement of positivity will sooner or later go into my golf game and give me confidence. He goes, Where's your putter? "This always was one of those things I figured I would do eventually".
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