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Sport Shinnecock will help U.S. Open rediscover identity - Duval

01:10  12 june  2018
01:10  12 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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  Tiger looks to tie record, Koepka out to replicate Strange feat - The U.S. Open in Opta facts Ahead of the second major of the year at Shinnecock Hills, we look at the best Opta facts surrounding the U.S. Open.The second major of the year will be contested this week as the U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock Hills for the first time since 2004.

Analysts on-site for the network in primetime include Brandel Chamblee, David Duval and Frank Nobilo, in addition to Trevor Immelman, Justin Leonard and Mark Rolfing during the day. Tim Rosaforte shares the story of how Floyd’s car ride to Shinnecock at the 1986 U . S . Open with his late-wife Maria

Award-winning NBC Sports host Mike Tirico also will help preview the championship with a one-hour special of Golf The 118th U . S . Open will be held at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island from June 14-17. “I think the challenge for the USGA is to try to reclaim the identity of the U . S . Open ,” Duval said.

ShinnecockHills-Cropped: Shinnecock Hills, venue for the 2018 U.S. Open © Provided by Omnisport Shinnecock Hills, venue for the 2018 U.S. Open

Former world number one David Duval is hopeful Shinnecock Hills will help the U.S. Open rediscover its identity.

Once regarded as the most feared event in golf, the U.S. Open has seen players find it easier to finish in the red, with each of the last four winners finishing under par since Justin Rose won with a one-over score at Merion in 2013.

Shinnecock has hosted the major on four occasions. Corey Pavin won with a level-par score in 1995 and, while Retief Goosen prevailed in 2004 when he and Phil Mickelson were the only two under-par players.

Woods may have better U.S. Open opportunity at Shinnecock - Duval

  Woods may have better U.S. Open opportunity at Shinnecock - Duval The shorter course at Shinnecock Hills may give Tiger Woods a better chance of glory, says David Duval.Tiger Woods' strong iron play may give him a better chance of prevailing at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, according to former world number one David Duval.

Count former world No. 1 David Duval among those eager to see if the USGA returns to its more traditional formula for setting up the U . S . Open next week at Shinnecock Hills. “I think the challenge for the USGA is to try to reclaim the identity of the U . S . Open ,” Duval said.

Award-winning NBC Sports host Mike Tirico also will help preview the championship with a one-hour special of Golf The 118th U . S . Open will be held at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island from June 14-17. “I think the challenge for the USGA is to try to reclaim the identity of the U . S . Open ,” Duval said.

"I'm excited to see a proper U.S. Open again," Duval said in a Golf Channel conference call.

"I'm hoping that the golf course is fair but severe and penal. I hope that it puts a premium back on driving the golf ball and putting it in play, making you choose how you want to attack each hole because of that; do you want to lay back and make sure you get it in play, do you want to try to get it further down, things of that nature.

"I think it's [the U.S. Open] lost its bearings a little bit the last couple of years, last few years, and hopefully with this next run of multiple years with some kind of historical U.S. Open venues, I'm hoping that we see kind of what you think about when you think of a U.S. Open: Tight fairways; high rough; fast greens; hard, fast playing conditions; a real mental test as well as a physical test.

Woods may have better U.S. Open opportunity at Shinnecock - Duval

  Woods may have better U.S. Open opportunity at Shinnecock - Duval The shorter course at Shinnecock Hills may give Tiger Woods a better chance of glory, says David Duval.Tiger Woods' strong iron play may give him a better chance of prevailing at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, according to former world number one David Duval.

While recent U . S . Opens have failed to test the world's best golfers, some believe Shinnecock will leave players guessing. "I think the challenge for the USGA is to try to reclaim the identity of the U . S . Open .," Duval said.

It reached a point where Jack Nicklaus, whose name is on the gold medal awarded the winner, feared the U . S . Open was losing its identity . Shinnecock Hills, with its open , links-style look and fairways framed by native grass, will certainly help .

"I think the challenge for the USGA is to try to reclaim the identity of the U.S. Open. When you think of U.S. Opens of past, you think of high rough, severe penalties for driving the ball poorly, severe penalties for missing greens, whether with the long rough around the greens, the difficulty of pitching out of that grass on to a hard, fast, sloping putting surface. That's kind of gone awry the last number of years."

Justin Leonard, who like Duval won his sole major at The Open in the United Kingdom, is keen to see how the younger players on the European and PGA Tours handle the challenge.

"I don't know that they will really be that successful at a place like Shinnecock if the USGA gets the golf course where they want it," he said.

"I think it'll be interesting to see these modern players, which ones make the adjustments to play a stern U.S. Open test on a golf course that has and will stand the test of time."

Former PGA Tour pro Brandel Chamblee believes Shinnecock should be the annual venue for the tournament.

"I think it's too bad they can't play the U.S. Open every single year at Shinnecock," he said.

"It's a very stern test. If there's even a word stronger than stern, it's brutal. The last round of the 2004 U.S. Open was the first time nobody had shot under par since 1963."

Mickelson made statement over 'outrageous' conditions, says Cowen .
Pete Cowen said Phil Mickelson was saying to organisers, "I'm going to show you how ridiculous this is" when he putted a moving ball.Esteemed coach Pete Cowen believes Phil Mickelson was making a statement to U.S. Open organisers and saying, "Don't make us look stupid" with his controversial antics at an "outrageous" Shinnecock Hills course on Saturday.

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