Mixed reviews of Chambers Bay by the players
By Mark Lamport-Stokes
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) - The biggest unknown for the players coming into this week's U.S. Open was how they would fare on the different course set-ups at Chambers Bay, and Thursday's first round provided some answers.
While most of the 156-strong field felt that the links-style layout was prepared on the generous side by the United States Golf Association, the slick and heavily contoured greens with their blotchy fescue grass posed all sorts of problems.
World number one Rory McIlroy, who opened with a two-over-par 72, was happy with his form from tee to green but far from complimentary about the condition of the putting surfaces.
"They are not the best that I've ever putted on," the four-times major champion told reporters. "I still feel like if you make a good enough stroke and you have the right speed, there's a good enough chance the ball will go in.
"It was frustrating, especially how I felt I hit the ball from tee to green. I drove the ball great. I hit my iron shots very, very well. I felt like I gave myself enough chances out there to convert a few and wasn't able to do that."
Spanish world number eight Sergio Garcia, who carded a 70, tweeted: "I think a championship of the caliber of @usopengolf deserves better quality green surfaces that we have this week but maybe I'm wrong!"
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