He described Erin Hills as "long and smelly".
Jason Day wants to be tested.
The course is located at southern end of the Kettle Moraine, a dramatic landscape that was shaped by glacier activity millions of years ago.
"The way it worked out, I feel much better the way I got here", Stricker said Tuesday. "The future was so unknown".
"That was the most satisfaction that I've had in awhile", he said, "just knowing that I made it and I was going to be here to play". But you still have to execute and know that there's a lot of other players out there with equally good mind-sets.
He doesn't lack any of the skills required to be among the best in the world.
The USGA said Tuesday that overnight storms and more rain in the forecast were making some of the native grasses lay down, which would create such dense rough that it would be virtually unplayable. Then there's a pile-up, and with 156 players, it might have gotten out of hand. But some of the holes will be playing into a crosswind, creating concerns that tee shots could still find their way into the fescue.
In a video titled Be careful at Erin Hills, Bryan walked two paces off the fairway and dropped his ball into the fescue.
And that unknown future was cleared up quickly.
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At the US Open 2017 in Erin Hills... Rahm wound up in a tie for third, and he was well on his way to securing a PGA Tour card for the following season. Eagle (maybe), birdie, par, bogey and more are all feasibly in play, so if the tournament does come down to the final hole, expect fireworks.
"There's a lot of good memories coming back". "I wasn't thinking about the card at that point". Even if you lay up, you're surrounded by so many traps that you'll be punished for anything less than a very good shot.
"I don't remember much from 2011". "I think that they're looking for a really exciting championship that they'd like to be tough but fair".
It took one practice day for "fescue" to become a four-letter word at Erin Hills Golf Course, site of the 117th U.S. Open that starts Thursday, and one more day for the USGA to order the lengthy fescue that lines the fairways at the first-time U.S. Open venue to be shaved back on four holes.
Two years ago at Chambers Bay, it went down to the 72nd hole before Jordan Spieth claimed his first U.S. Open victory. He noted that the majority of the fescue on the course was thin and wispy, with just 5-8 percent of the thicker variety.
Rahm didn't bother going in there Monday. "There's no need to injure my wrist this week before I tee off".
But he liked what he saw.
The Spaniard said he plans to dial down his practice to stay fresh.
"Hey take a couple hours, go out and play golf".
It is a monstrous course at over 7,700 yards, and Spaniard Rahm described it as "like a links golf course on steroids-everything is a little bigger", per the42.ie. "You can be really creative and I believe it will be a really fun week". "Because it's so long, strategy is driver, really, and that suits me".