U.S. Open Hole 13 preview -- Chambers Bay, 18 holes in 18 days
In the 18 days leading up to the June 18 start of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, FOXSports.com and Golfweek will preview the Chambers Bay course -- one hole at a time.
Today’s hole: No. 13 -- Par 4, 534 yards
This one really is “compression and release.” A good tee shot must split a narrow chute into a 110-yard-wide fairway that tilts 15 feet from downhill from left to right. The canted runway brings into play a mammoth blowout of sand for those who try to shorten the path down the right side from tee to green. Despite the hole’s length, many players will leave their driver in the bag and rely on the downwind rollout to get them to an ideal position, which is within 225 yards of the green. There’s a wonderful Alister MacKenzie-style bunker short of the green that’s decidedly in play – as is a front-left knob to the green – for those approaching from the left side. The problem here isn’t reaching the green, it’s holding it. Expect to see a lot of third shots played back to the putting surface from low right and beyond the green.
Golfweek's complete preview