Torrey Pines, where the U.S. Open gets underway on Thursday, is better known to PGA Tour players as home to the Farmers Insurance Open early each season.
It hasn’t been used as a U.S. Open venue since 2008 when an injured Tiger Woods defeated Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole playoff and players see a different Torrey Pines in play than what they’re used to seeing.
“Honestly, all we’re going to see, I think, is just kind of a firmer, faster golf course. It’s usually damper, a little cooler, so the ball is going a little bit further this week. Fairways are definitely running out. We don’t see that during Farmers week and then, obviously, greens are bouncing,” said Adam Hadwin.
“It might almost play a little bit shorter than we would normally see, but I think it’s going to be a little more difficult to get at some of these pins. The rough – obviously, it’s a U.S. Open – it’s up, but it’s almost dried out in some spots, so it almost makes it play a little bit easier than Farmers sometimes. Torrey Pines during the Farmers is no slouch of a golf course either,” said Hadwin.
“I think you’ve got to drive it well. It’s pretty standard almost in every U.S. Open, especially a guy of my length. I’m going to have to drive it better than somebody longer would,” he said.
“Patience is probably the biggest thing. You’re going to have bad lies. You’re going to have to chip out sideways. You’re going to have to make putts for bogey. Just stay patient. Everybody else is dealing with the same thing. One shot at a time,” said Hadwin.
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