In stark contrast to the heat last week where temperatures roared into the nineties, the warm sunny and relatively mild conditions ensured that those who took the chance to play were given the best opportunity to discover the subtleties, new and old, of the famed layout.
There were not a lot of Australians on the course today although two who were out early were Adam Scott and Scott Barr who played together, Scott playing his 10th US Open and Barr his first. Barr was soaking it all in as he learned from not only Scott but also from Scott's caddie for the week Steve Williams.
Williams is on Scott's bag while his regular boss Tiger Woods recovers from knee and Achilles tendon damage suffered during the final round of this year's Masters. Barr, who is playing his only his second major championship following a start at the 2004 Open Championship, took advantage of William's insight into how the golf course might play later in the week.
The group played only nine holes before Scott spent an extended practice session in the practice pitching area and on the putting green where he continues to look and feel more and more comfortable with what is now a natural addition to his golfing arsenal, the long putter.
Scott and Barr are poles apart in terms of world ranking and golfing achievements in their careers to date but it highlighted the preparedness of golfers such as Scott to take a relative newcomer under his wing.
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