Li needs to finish either in a three-way tie for 35th or a seven-way tie for 34th or better at Pebble Beach. It's awesome and spectacular out here, just lovely. Mickelson is 0 for 27 in the U.S. Open, the major he lacks for the career Grand Slam.
"But if you miss a fairway, it's impossible. You just have to avoid getting hit with that big punch - the knockout punch". We were at Friars Head playing the Ike and I ended up taking second and he won it. There were 28 players under par and 15 at even par.
Other notable players on the course are Tiger Woods, who just teed off a few minutes ago, along with Jordan Spieth.
"So it was really good to take it in and I definitely feel like I've got some understanding of the golf course and I feel like it fits in to what I do well".
With hazards coming into play off the tee at the sixth, eighth, ninth and 10th, the big hitters have to think twice.
"His nearest drop would be Honolulu", Jimmy Demaret said.
Meanwhile, Brooks Koepka, the PGA's reigning Tour Player of the Year, will attempt to become the first man to win three successive US Open titles in 104 years against a lineup that includes Masters champion Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, who triumphed at last week's Canadian Open.
He was scheduled to tee off at 7.51 a.m. from the 10th with Spaniard Jon Rahm and Australian Marc Leishman.
"But it's all moving in the right direction, the confidence is there and I like the way this course sets up for me".
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McIlroy's 2011 U.S. Open win also benefited from a quick start with rounds of 65 and 66 but never let his foot off the gas following up with a 68 and 69 for a 16-under 268 total that remains the lowest score for 72 holes at the tournament.
The Pebble Beach Golf Links is considered a legendary USA open course.
"It's a great course", said Els, who was second behind Woods in 2000 and third in 2010. That put him at 5 under through six holes in the opening round of the US Open.
"And my bunker play is really good, too".
"A little bit, yeah".
Players have offered glowing practice-round reviews of the course this week.
The beauty of Pebble Beach's coastal views can distract from the challenge it presents, especially with the pinched fairways and deep rough of a US Open.
"We're all playing from the same spots", said Woods. Sam Saunders has hit the first shot of the 119th U.S. Open.
Shane Lowry didn't fare as well as McDowell and McIlroy, and is now in a struggle to make the cut after finishing on +4.
"I'm not thinking about it", Koepka said of his treble chance.
"This is where I feel like I should belong and it's where I feel like I will belong at some point - whether it's in the next year or it's five years from now, " Young told The Post.
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