The US Open at Congressional Country Club doesn't start for another month, but at Monday's tournament media day, defending champion Graeme McDowell had the chance to get in a few holes in the morning and give his opinion on what players can expect from golf's toughest major championship.
Like most US Open tracks, McDowell admitted that Congressional was playing tough, which shouldn't come as a surprise after the USGA's Executive Director, Mike Davis, confirmed the course would "play every bit of its 7,545 yards" this summer. "Congressional 7574 yards Par 71 US Open set up. No-one will break par," McDowell tweeted, before clearing up those comments later by saying he meant the winning score for the week wouldn't break par."
As we've seen in the past, length of at US Open has always been a point of contention. The same goes for unreachable, and sometimes impossible, par-4s that have become a staple for the USGA. No doubt someone will have a complaint about this year's setup, and if you're looking for a hole that may take some heat, you don't need to look any further than the par-4 11th that's currently setup to play 494-yards with a creek running down the right side.
"I'm hoping I got the wrong tee at 11," he said about the hole. "I can't really see much positive to say about that golf hole. If you're selling four 4s, I'm think I'm buying."
Talk about a glowing review! McDowell went on to say it would be "a hell of a task," which should make the rest of the field feel warm and fuzzy inside. Honestly, the US Open is known for having a questionable hole or two on the course each year, and the 11th, from McDowell's comments, seems to be a good bet to be the hole players will be talking about at the end of the week.