What's the winning score? Opinions vary


UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Predicting the winning score at any championship is difficult, but the variables increase dramatically when it comes to Chambers Bay and this week’s U.S. Open.

Late Wednesday afternoon one PGA Tour player figured 4 over would be the winning total, followed quickly by another player who went with 4 under.

Thursday’s forecast for the opening round calls for light winds out of the north, but in the Pacific Northwest that could change quickly, not to mention the myriad of options USGA officials have when it comes to setting up the golf course.

First-round tee times: 115th U.S. Open

Despite all of that uncertainty, much of the concern that surrounded the layout heading into this week’s championship has been replaced by a cautious affinity for the Robert Trent Jones Jr. design.

“They love it,” said Butch Harmon, the swing coach for Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Jimmy Walker. “We’ve never had any place to test them like this and see how they can handle it.”