"They already are borderline" Wyndham Clark claims US Open greens are on the edge!

Defending champion Wyndham Clark believes the greens at Pinehurst No.2 are 'already borderline' ahead of the 2024 US Open.

Wyndham Clark
Wyndham Clark

Wyndham Clark believes the greens at Pinehurst No.2 are 'already borderline' ahead of his title defence at this week's US Open

As is typical for a US Open test, the greens are likely going to be another big talking point during the third major of the season in North Carolina.

While the greens on this Donald Ross gem are big in size, they are small in the sense if players don't hit their correct landing spots then the severe contours will leave them with a mammoth putts or delicate chip shots. 

Three-putts will be rife all week, and we'll likely witness the odd four-jab here and there. 

Tiger Woods in practice at the US Open on Monday
Tiger Woods in practice at the US Open on Monday

Some of the world's best players headed out for early practice rounds at Pinehurst No.2 on Monday afternoon, and many of them confirmed after their rounds that the greens were very quick. 

Defending US Open champion Clark, 30, went further by saying they are already on the edge. 

As for whether the USGA decides to water the greens more than they were planning to after today's initial reaction remains to be seen.

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Clark said of the Pinehurst greens on Monday:

"Yeah, I mean, they are extremely fast. 

"If they get any firmer and faster, the greens, I mean, they'd be borderline. 

"They already are borderline."

Clark is looking to become the first player to successfully defend the US Open since Brooks Koepka in 2018.

The three-time PGA Tour winner arrives at Pinehurst No.2 in some indifferent form.

While Clark is still in a lofty position of fourth in the world, the American has just rattled off back-to-back missed cuts at the US PGA Championship at Valhalla and the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

Prior to that he finished T47 at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quaill Hollow Club, but he did finish T3 at the RBC Heritage. 

Clark landed his third career PGA Tour title with victory at the weather-shortened AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in early February. 

Clark has been struggling for form in recent months
Clark has been struggling for form in recent months

Clark openly admitted to the media that he was not playing his best golf on the eve of the US Open.

"I haven’t been playing my best golf," said Clark.

"It’s been kind of a tough stretch these last few weeks. Really I’m trying to gain some momentum for the rest of the season,” he told a press conference.

"I know that maybe sounds like low expectations for the week, but honestly I’d really like to hit some good shots, have some really good up-and-downs, make some key putts throughout the week, and play four solid rounds.

"My frustration level is definitely higher than it’s been in a long time. I’ve got to believe that good golf is around the corner."

Despite being out of form, Clark cheekily said 'see you in a week' when dropping off the US Open trophy on Monday.

Scottie Scheffler is a warm 3/1 tournament favourite for the US Open fresh off landing a fifth title in his last eight starts on the PGA Tour at the Memorial Tournament. 

Xander Schauffele, Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa are next up in the betting, but all available at double-figure odds. 

Scheffler is the lowest-priced favourite for the US Open since Woods some 15 years ago when he was down at 2/1. 

Scheffler celebrates with his family at the Memorial
Scheffler celebrates with his family at the Memorial

A total of 13 LIV Golf players are in the US Open field.

Clark is available at odds of 66/1. 

Tiger Woods headed out for a practice round on Monday alongside Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

He was also joined by his son Charlie Woods, who was called in to help take a look at his swing

Woods is available at odds of 225/1.

The 15-time major champion is bidding to win the US Open for a fourth time. 

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