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Kuchar fears Pinehurst will be a Whistling Straits repeat

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DUBLIN, Ohio – With the U.S. Open looming just two weeks away, questions about preparations for the national championship have become common place and not just among the media.

On Tuesday at the Memorial, Matt Kuchar was asked if he’d made a scouting trip to Pinehurst. He has not, although he has a trip planned next Monday and Tuesday and again the following week to learn the redesigned No. 2 course.

Instead, Kuchar was curious how the new waste areas would play during the championship.

“I haven’t heard exactly what it looks like,” he said. “Just speaking of sandy areas, how they’ll be played, whether or not we’ll have the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits issue or exactly how they’ll be played, if you can ground your club, remove things, I don’t know that just yet.”

In 2010, Dustin Johnson was penalized for grounding his club in what he thought was a waste area during the final round of the PGA.