The star of this year's US Open looks set to be Chambers Bay, a taxing links-style public course built on a former gravel pit near Seattle.
"Every hole seems like it's uphill," says Tiger Woods (pictured). Expectations are that the course seems more suited to European players but tell that to Masters winner Jordan Spieth who's won twice this year and had three second place finishes and isn't fazed by the course.
"It's going to be a fun challenge," he says. "I'm the only one with the opportunity of winning a Grand Slam this year." Spieth's caddy Michael Greller frequently caddied at Chambers Bay back when he was a teacher. "It's going to help," says Spieth. Players Championship winner Rickie Fowler is another who could rise to the challenge. If the course is to suit a European player, it may not be Rory McIlroy who, despite two good wins, remains dependably inconsistent. Justin Rose, who tied second at the Masters and finished second at the Memorial, could be the man to tame Chambers Bay.