"It's not unplayable. I don't think the golf course is unfair by any means because of the fescue", Spieth said.
In a week when the United States Golf Association will inevitably be in need of allies, a high-profile one arrived in the shape of Rory McIlroy.
"I think the competition on a weekly basis is so tight out there and so tough", he said at his pre-tournament press conference. No one gave me a spot.
"Put a lot of extra effort in playing some extra tournaments".
It would be fun for those not playing, like Andy, but the wind conditions should be playable.
That goes for any U.S. Open.
The bigger concern for McIlroy is his competitive form.
McIlroy has been struggling with a rib injury of late, but the Northern Irishman insisted he is feeling no ill effects heading into Thursday's first round, as long as he manages his practice time sensibly.
In the closing round a year ago at Royal Troon, Mickelson and Stenson combined for 14 birdies, an eagle and 19 pars, and Stenson won by three shots with a closing score of 20-under par.
Day on Tuesday revealed plans to come back to his home country and tee up at either the Australian Open in Sydney (November 23-26) or the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast a week later. Davis visited the following year during a trip to Whistling Straits, in Sheboygan, where the PGA Championship was being held that year. He has five top-10 finishes in the last six years, including runner-up at Congressional in 2011 and Merion in 2013.
Rahm believes that the intimidating layout at Erin Hills in Wisconsin is perfectly suited to his game this week. He says he can swing and has full power. Most likely golfers will lose their ball if they hit it into those areas.
The unknown is how sharp he will be this week. "A Spaniard winning a major is always going to motivate me". "I think if the field has to hit driver more, that plays into my hands".
"And whether or not I feel as though I am under-cooked, well I would answer that by saying rather than a feeling like a piece of rare chicken, I feel more like a juicy steak".
"I don't feel like my body is limiting me from doing what I want to do out there", he continued. It's not as if I can't hit balls, it's just a matter of managing how many repetitions I put through it. But North does know to expect one thing.
Erin Hills might not sell the USGA's pace-of-play vision all that well. It also can spur him on, and he bounced back with a 69 to make the cut, and two solid rounds on the weekend (72-70) to tie for 23rd.
"These are the widest fairways we've ever played in a US Open". The rough is thick, as usual. And keep a good attitude.