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Packers hit the links to preview U.S. Open

ERIN, Wis. (WBAY) In anticipation for the 117th U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills on June 12-18 a couple of Packers got to preview the course with a round of golf.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby, offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, offensive guard/tackle Don Barclay and receiver Jordy Nelson played in conditions that United States Golf Association officials hope will be present for the tournament.

“With these guys, I think the wind kind of gets in their head a little bit, so we’ll try to go out there and have some fun,” Crosby said.

Next month's event marks the first time the U.S. Open will be in Wisconsin.

“Wisconsin is a special place," Crosby said. "And to have two huge tournaments, and two great venues to host them is really special. I think the USGA and the PGA, they’re seeing what sports fans are here in Wisconsin.”

The only thing missing was what surely will be record crowds here at Erin Hills.

“I think it just puts Wisconsin in the spotlight," Nelson said. "Obviously, we experience the fans every fall, and how they turn out and what they do. They (golfers) are definitely supported by Wisconsinites, I’m sure this place will be packed all week.”

According to PGA.com, the top 60 in the world ranking after this week will be exempt from qualifying. So that means, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth will be participating.

Twenty six more players will be added to the field this week.