Bradley was able to experience the rough on the par 5s, which was a lesson to keep the ball in the fairway, but not to lose hope when it finds the thick grass. Even in the rough, some shots might not be bad off. The PGA champion found the right rough on the 16th hole and did well to advance it some 80 yards up the fairway. That left him 300 yards for his third shot, and he opted to play well short of the green to give himself a chance.
"I've never played a hole that long in my life," Bradley said.
On the next hole, which slopes severely to the right, Bradley went into the right rough. It sat up just enough that he hammered a 3-wood to just short of the green.
And the hardest part of this U.S. Open?
Walking up a steep, massive hill toward the clubhouse. As if Olympic were not hard enough already.
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