Players, USGA have 1 goal at Pebble: Get it right this time

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The leaders at the USGA aren’t the only ones who want to get it right at this U.S. Open.

Brooks Koepka would like to: He could win his fifth major and become the first person in 114 years to win three U.S. Opens in a row.

Tiger Woods would like to: He could write another chapter in an amazing comeback that culminated with a win at the Masters this year.

Phil Mickelson would like to: Turning 49 on Sunday, he’s in search of a U.S. Open title to complete the career grand slam — and nobody plays better at Pebble Beach, the scene of five of his wins on the PGA Tour.

Pebble Beach. It is, quite possibly, the quintessential U.S. Open venue — its gorgeous seaside settings steeped in history, its list of champions — Nicklaus, Watson and Woods among them — a veritable Mount Rushmore of golf.

To make it anything less than perfect, it seems, would take work.

But the USGA has shown a knack, especially over the last four years, for overrunning the U.S. Open with its own fractured story lines, either through mismanaged course setups (Chambers Bay, Erin Hills, Shinnecock) or rules dust-ups (Dustin Johnson at Oakmont).

There is pressure, they admit, to get it…

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