ERIN, Wis. (WBAY) – At Erin Hills the USGA wants wind for the U.S. Open. They hope to challenge the players. But they probably don’t want quite as much as we had over the weekend.
Two-time U.S. Open champion Andy north, a Wisconsin native, says he doesn't know whether to expect -4 or -17 for a winning score.
That's part of the nature of hosting a major on a course that has not seen PGA Tour players. But North does know to expect one thing.
“The weather is going to have an unbelievable effect on this golf tournament,” North declared. “If we have some winds here like we had on Saturday (30 mph), there wouldn't be enough balls to finish some of these holes. It would be fun.”
It would be fun for those not playing, like Andy, but the wind conditions should be playable.
The forecast Thursday through Sunday calls for wind speeds in the single digits and gusts in the mid teens. Playable conditions as Wisconsin looks to put on a show in its first U.S. Open.
“The amount of pride that you have to see this event in your backyard is really special,” North said. “It is going to be great to see the fans of Wisconsin come out and really support this well.”
The other challenge here besides the wind and bunkers, is that thick fescue rough. Players have already started to complain. It will be tough if the players don't have the fairways.
“Kevin Na has given us a little insight into what the fescue is like in places,” North noted.
Na posted a video on Instagram lamenting the potential for lost balls and impossible shots from the thick rough.
Every year it is the same. Tour players complain about the tough conditions at the U.S. Open. But North says those criticisms are actually more tame now than in his playing days of the 1970s and 1980s.