The Oakland Hills course, in Michigan, where this week's US PGA Championship will be played - has great memories for the British and European contingent looking to claim the season's fourth major.
It was here that the Europeans humiliated the US golfers in the 2004 Ryder Cup by nine clear points to extend their winning streak and set up a similar victory at The K Club two years later.
Though most emphatically deny it, with still a month to go before captain Nick Faldo's selection is finalised, the Ryder Cup will also be on the minds of several players hopeful of combining a high finish here with an automatic place on the team.
Darren Clarke, a Cup hero in the past is coming into form again after a sixth-place finish at Sunday's Bridgestone Invitational and will be looking to justify his pal Lee Westwood's glowing endorsement of his Valhalla credentials.
Westwood said: “Darren sums up the old line 'form is fickle but class is permanent.' We need players like him in the Ryder Cup side.”
Justin Rose, Oliver Wilson, Nick Dougherty, Paul Casey and Ross Fisher can also give themselves a further boost with a good performance this week, along with Ian Poulter.
And, while they have one eye on the Wannamaker Trophy and the other on the Ryder Cup, they will have serious challengers in a handful of Scandinavian exiles also aiming to give Faldo a nudge.
Chopra says a winner could come from anywhere because Oakland Hills is the toughest course he has ever played.
“I played Augusta this year for the first time and Torrey Pines at the US Open, but those don’t even come close to how hard Oakland Hills will play. The rough is a non-issue because they’ve got bunkers on both sides of the fairways and they’re deep,” he says.
“They're are all designed small so you roll in. You literally just have to trickle into the bunker and get down to the bottom of the flat to have a chance to reach the green.”
US Open runner-up Rocco Mediate agrees.
“Shooting a good score here is one or two under par. It’s just hard but I love that. It’s a difficult driving course and you make a par on a hole and you’re not losing a shot to the field. Hogan didn’t call it a Monster for nothing.”
|Tee times (US time) - First two rounds|
Thursday, August 7(first hole)/Friday, August 8 (10th hole)
0730/1240: Bradley Dean, Briny Baird, Alastair Forsyth
0740/1250: Bart Bryant, Jeff Martin, Robert Karlsson
0750/1300: Jeev Milkha Singh, DJ Trahan, Tim Clark
0800/1310: Pat Perez, Charl Schwartzel, Cliff Kresge
0810/1320: Ryuji Imada, Carl Pettersson, Corey Pavin
0820/1330: Simon Dyson, Ken Duke, Robert Allenby
0830/1340: Steve Stricker, Jeff Quinney, Peter Lonard
0840/1350: Ryan Moore, Graeme McDowell, Billy Mayfair
0850/1400: Todd Hamilton, Richard Green, Niclas Fasth
0900/1410: Hunter Mahan, Richard S. Johnson, Jerry Kelly
0910/1420: Sean O'Hair, Scott Hebert, Rod Pampling
0920/1430: Steve Lowery, Brad Martin, Peter Hedblom
0930/1440: Oliver Wilson, Curt Sanders, Vaughn Taylor
0735/1245: John Mallinger, Frank Esposito, Mark Brown
0745/1255: Hiroyuki Fujita, Don Yrene, Paul Goydos
0755/1305: Steve Marino, Ross Fisher, Daniel Chopra
0805/1315: Pablo Larrazabal, Boo Weekley, Paul Casey
0815/1325: Jim Furyk, Colin Montgomerie, Aaron Baddeley
0825/1335: Sergio Garcia, Anthony Kim, Camilo Villegas
0835/1345: Lee Westwood, Geoff Ogilvy, Zach Johnson
0845/1355: Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, Rich Beem
0855/1405: K.J. Choi, Justin Leonard, Chez Reavie
0905/1415: Stewart Cink, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Nick O'Hern
0915/1425: Prayad Marksaeng, Sonny Skinner, Peter Hanson
0925/1435: Steve Flesch, Tim Weinhart, Hennie Otto
0935/1445: Greg Kraft, Rick Leibovich, Parker McLachlin
Thursday, August 7 ( first hole)/ Friday, August 8 (10th hole)
1245/0735: Nicholas Thompson, David Long, J.J. Henry
1255/0745: Ryan Benzel, Brian Gay, Mathew Goggin
1305/0755: Darren Clarke, Tom Lehman, Shingo Katayama
1315/0805: Trevor Immelman, Angel Cabrera, Padraig Harrington
1325/0815: Bubba Watson, Rocco Mediate, Nick Dougherty
1335/0825: David Toms, Vijay Singh, John Daly
1345/0835: Henrik Stenson, Brandt Snedeker, Woody Austin
1355/0845: Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Fred Couples
1405/0855: Kenny Perry, Retief Goosen, Justin Rose
1415/0905: Rory Sabbatini, Ian Poulter, Chad Campbell
1425/0915: Mike Weir, Alex Cejka, Andres Romero
1435/0925: Sam Arnold, Jyoti Randhawa, Dean Wilson
1445/0935: Ben Crane, Johnson Wagner, Vince Jewell
Thursday, August 7 (10th hole)/Friday, August 8 (first hole)
1240/0730: Charlie Wi, Eric Dugas, Louis Oosthuizern
1250/0740: Kevin Sutherland, Tim Thelen, Steve Webster
1300/0750: Martin Kaymer, Jim Estes, Heath Slocum
1310/0800: Tommy Armour III, Brendan Jones, Fredrik Jacobson
1320/0810: Ben Curtis, Scott Verplank, Toru Taniguchi
1330/0820: Paul Azinger, Jay Haas, Michael Campbell
1340/0830: Stuart Appleby, Charles Howell III, Soren Kjeldsen
1350/0840: Steve Elkington, Mark Brooks, Bob Tway
1400/0850: Stephen Ames, Mark Calcavecchia, Anders Hansen
1410/0900: Soren Hansen, J.B. Holmes, Chris DiMarco
1420/0910: John Merrick, Kyle Flinton, John Senden
1430/0920: Eric Manning, George McNeill, James Kingston
1440/0930: Alan Morin, Scott Strange, Jonathan Byrd
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