Golfers tee off at the 2015 U.S. Open Championship Thursday morning at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash, with a field of over 150 players. Current and former U.S. open participants spoke with SiriusXM’s PGA TOUR Radio on a number of topics, including what goes into preparing for the tournament.

“Elite pros are very quick learners I think, and we can get the hang of a golf course in two or three days,” said Rory McIlroy, the 2011 champion and one of this year’s favorites. “You have a fair idea of what you need to do, where you need to leave your ball, where you don’t want to miss it, lines off tees, certain clubs you need to hit off tees. After that, you can do all the preparation you want, but you have to go out and execute your shots over the course of the tournament, and that’s the most important thing.”

Two-time U.S. champion Andy North gave his thoughts on this year’s venue for the tournament.

“This is the kind of place that if you brought eight of your buddies out here, spent two or three days playing golf, you had a case of beer in the back – it would be an unbelievable week,” North said. “It really isn’t a U.S. Open in my mind. Oakmont, Oak Hill, Medina. Those are golf courses I think the U.S. Open should be played on.”

While Open participant Phil Mickelson is a fan of Chambers Bay, he shared his opinion on why he would prefer the U.S. Open to played on a more traditional course.

“I like this golf course from a personal standpoint because I feel like it’s very playable for me and I can play some of my best golf here,” said Mickelson. “It’s so different winning all of the majors. When it goes away from its traditional setup, now its like an Open championship. So my question is, if I win this week, did I really win a U.S. Open, or did I win my second British?”

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