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Ready for a massacre? The greens of Pinehurst No. 2 look vicious ahead of the 2024 US Open

The 124th US Open golf tournament takes place this week, and the world’s best golfers are already growing wary of the notoriously vicious greens at Pinehurst’s famed number two course.

Wyndham Clark, the defending U.S. Open champion, played a practice round at Pinehurst No. 2 on Monday.

“If they got any firmer and faster, the greens would be on the border,” Clark said during his press conference. “They are already on the border.”

Three US Opens have been played at Pinehurst, including one of the best finishes in the tournament’s history in 1999. Only four players have ever finished a US Open under par on the Donald Ross-designed course. The greens are shaped like turtles, so approach play is extremely important.

It’s safe to say no one will shoot a 62 this weekend, as both Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele did last year in the first round of the US Open at Los Angeles Country Club.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: 2024 US Open: Pinehurst No. 2 greens vicious in practice rounds