Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland finishes his practice round at the 2019 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Sam Saunders, grandson of Arnold Palmer, hit the first shot of the 119th edition of the championship, the sixth to be held on the scenic course overlooking the Pacific.
Could he be on pace for his first majors win since 2017?
In addition to course-wide Wi-Fi, the "Connected Course" experience will include an interactive video experience that delivers Toptracer technology to track players' ball flights on a large video screen at the golf course.
McIlroy, the 2011 U.S. Open victor, hopes he can start well at Pebble Beach on Thursday, saying it was the key to possible success.
"The results were good throughout (2016), but at the moment, my short game is better now than what it was then and that's a positive because it makes you feel like can go on the course and not have to play too safely".
"What's not to like".
The U.S. Open features thick rough and fairways that are brought in to put a premium on accuracy. We got to Chambers Bay and watched the ball dance down fairways like a pinball machine and bounce on greens like a Plinko board.
"These greens are so small, you can nearly put it in the center of every green and have 20 feet, no matter where the flag stick is". He started missing short putts, and eventually, his tee-to-green game started to suffer and his confidence appeared to waver.
Jack Nicklaus won the first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 1972 with a 2-over score, while Tom Watson finished at 6 under in 1982 and Tom Kite was 3 under a decade later.
With a win, Koepka can become the seventh golfer in history to win three U.S. Opens.
I'd be genuinely curious to know what percentage of people agree here. "I turned around and walked the other way".
Woods won the first of his three US Opens in 2000 with a stunning 12-under par total and a crushing 15-stroke margin.
For Day that means hiring Woods' former long-time caddie Steve Williams, who was on the bag for 13 of his employers 15 Major titles, while Rahm has been studying footage from the final round 19 years ago, when he was just five years old.
Woods, who has to carefully manage his fitness and playing load following multiple back surgeries, said Tokyo may be his best realistic chance of playing in an Olympics. You hit it in a lot of the middle of the greens here, and you're going to be in a good position. Pebble Beach has already shown it's beatable, as three players have carded five-under 66's on the day.
Koepka is scheduled to tee of at 1:47 pm (2047 GMT) alongside British Open champion Francesco Molinari of Italy and US Amateur champion Viktor Hovland of Norway.
But the USGA has shown a knack, especially over the last four years, for overrunning the U.S. Open with its own fractured story lines, either through mismanaged course setups (Chambers Bay, Erin Hills, Shinnecock) or rules dust-ups (Dustin Johnson at Oakmont).