Brooks Koepka arrives at Pebble Beach, California, with history firmly in his sight.
Pebble Beach. It is, quite possibly, the quintessential U.S. Open venue - its gorgeous seaside setting steeped in history, its list of champions - Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Woods among them - a veritable Mount Rushmore of golf.
Most of the attention is on Koepka and his bid to go back-to-back-to-back.
"I'm not thinking about it".
"I had a chat with Johnny Miller at the champions' reunion on Wednesday night, which was a lot of fun", a relaxed McIlroy said last night. It's hard to win the same event three times in a row. I still remember most of the shots I hit that week.
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The U.S. Open field comprises 156 players, competing for a record $12.5 million.
After tinkering with different approaches in his goal to get back to the top, Day made his most drastic change yet by bringing Williams on board. "I expect Tiger to be in the hunt on the weekend". Woods replicating that Pebble Beach magic from 19 years ago would ultimately nudge him closer towards adding to his already impressive legacy.
"At this point, a victory is never out of the question". And I got a nice bit of practice with it last week [when winning the Canadian Open], and feeling good about the setup.
"Hopefully, he can play his own game, be calm, enjoy the moment and stay in the moment, " Barbara Young said. Willie Anderson in 1903, 1904 and 1905 is the only other player to win three straight U.S. Open titles. Unsurprisingly, Koepka is 8/1 co-favourite with Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy to continue his remarkable run in the major championships but there is still plenty of value to be found among golf's top names.
Asked what his goal is this week, Young said: "Obviously, you have the dream of making the putt to win a U.S. Open, but I think this week if I can stick to what I know as far as my game goes and handle myself in a way that I'm proud of and don't regret, leaving on whatever day it is - whether it's Friday night or Sunday night - that will be my goal".
The Co Down man (30) has won all four of his Major titles after stunning starts - a 65 in the US Open at Congressional in 2011, a 67 in the 2012 US PGA, and 66s in the opening rounds of The Open Championship and the US PGA in 2014.