It's fescue, but not all of it is the typically wispy stuff you see on the edges of British Open courses.
"Very exciting to be here", Stricker said.
"When I'm playing, I don't think of anything else than doing the best I can do to win a tournament".
"I think the competition on a weekly basis is so tight out there and so tough", he said.
The roots of the golf course that will host the U.S. Open in Wisconsin stretch all the way back to the Ice Age. While he has spoken of his disappointment about that rejection, he emphasized Tuesday that he knew all along it was a long shot and holds no grudges.
"It just depends on where it ends up, what the lie is", he said.
"And it means I can concentrate on the other areas of the game".
"It's easier for the Masters at Augusta because it's the same course every year and courses react differently".
Over time some U.S. Open layouts such as Oakmont (nine times hosting), Baltusrol (seven) and Winged Foot (five) have developed frightening reputations. Before that, I was a little bit disillusioned with the way the course was playing and really had no chance.
"A close friend of mine winning a tournament motivates me". "Obviously I've had a few weeks off to try and rest this injury that I've had all year, but I feel good. I feel like I can pick up confidence pretty quickly". If I pick one up here, great.
"And there have been a couple of times where I have let it get in my head".
And now he gets to see what he can do with it.
More specifically, McIlroy was all but licking his lips at the prospect of wielding the best and favorite club in his bag more often than he would normally on a less-challenging venue. And actually I absolutely love the golf course. "I feel like I can go out and play and shoot scores and play with my friends and get confidence that way". But it's special to be here.
Lee Westwood also took to Instagram, posting a comical video of his caddie Billy Foster emerging from the long grass, leopard-crawling while exclaiming, "I found it!" with a golf ball in hand.
"It just motivates me. I'm like there's no need to injure my wrist this week before I tee off", he said. "The people are fantastic. It's just so good for the state to have someone who's well thought of nationwide, worldwide". Also says he likes hard courses, which clearly serves him well. He enjoyed the (potentially) 7,741-yard course, too.
Some players in the field for the year's second major that gets underway on Thursday had grumbled about how hard it was to advance the ball out of the fescue that stood nearly knee high.
He won by four, then was docked one shot, so it went down as a three-shot victory. He hasn't looked anything like the golfer that dominated when he won this tournament back in 2011 so we have no problem fading him in this spot. It's a hazard. I don't know.