Scott and Simpson to follow different paths to U.S. Open

Wed May 13, 2015 5:56pm EDT
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By Andrew Both

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - Adam Scott has heeded a warning that nobody who arrives only a couple of days before the U.S. Open will have a realistic chance of winning the June 18-21 championship at Chambers Bay near Seattle.

But fellow major winner Webb Simpson has laughed off the same advice and will arrive on site a few days beforehand, after playing in the PGA Tour event in Memphis the previous week.

Scott, the 2013 Masters champion who held the world number one ranking for 11 weeks last year, said he would be at Chambers Bay "a lot" in the weeks before the second major of the season.

"I plan to be there for a significant period," the Australian told reporters on Wednesday on the eve of this week's Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

"It looks like something quite unique and hearing Mike Davis's comments of (how) a person without good knowledge of the course won't have a chance shows me that certainly you're going to have to get a few rounds in and hopefully a few different conditions."

U.S. Golf Association executive director Mike Davis said last month that Chambers Bay, a new links-style course adjacent to Puget Sound, would require extensive homework by the players.

"I would contend that there is no way a player will have success here at Chambers Bay unless he really studies the golf course and learns it," Davis told reporters.

"The idea of coming in and playing two practice rounds and just walking it and using your yardage book, that person is done. (He) will not win the U.S. Open."   Continued...

May 10, 2015; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Adam Scott hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the final round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY