Anonymous Pro: The 18th at 520 will play more like 470 because it's 50 feet downhill. It's an awkward shot with a long iron because that green is small and quirky, with a couple of fingers on the left side. Let's hope it plays firm and fast so we can hit six-irons in. Just because you made a hole longer, by the way, doesn't mean you made it better.
Bamberger: It doesn't matter. This is a classic U.S Open course with greens like tabletops, brutal rough, and usually hot and humid conditions. I've caddied there and walked it a bunch, and I can't tell you a thing about it either. It's a real challenge.
Van Sickle: I don't hear anyone putting Congressional on their list of favorite courses like Oakmont or Pebble Beach or even Shinnecock Hills.
Shipnuck: Some courses have great romance and mystique. This is not one of them.
Anonymous Pro: It's a good course. But it's not one of our top Open venues. There are easily 10 better courses than Congressional to hold the U.S. Open.
Bamberger: It is very cool to have the U.S. Open near Washington, D.C.
Shipnuck: The clubhouse is massive, there are old trees. It does feel as if it's been there a million years. There's a grandeur about it.
Bamberger: It's American affluence on display. Unlike Pittsburgh, where people made steel, or Philadelphia, where people made books and beer and cigars, in Washington it's a bunch of lobbyists.
Van Sickle: Tiger Woods came to media day for his own tournament on crutches. What does this mean for the Open?