Triumph. Humiliation. Trouble. Pressure. Risk-reward.
These are the words that come to mind when I think about the enormous challenge of Pebble Beach.
Imagine standing at the edge of a cliff. The sound of waves crashing alerts your eyes to the left, where the pure blue of the ocean extends to the vast horizon. Suddenly, a howling wind from the left threatens to blow your hat off, signaling the lustrous forest of trees to your right like something out of the movie Jumanji.
Straight ahead is the only option where 30 yards of narrow, plush green grass emerges.
However, sprinkled along the fresh, perfectly-trimmed green grass are deeply entrenched pits of despair, also known as sand traps. If that weren't enough, the entire field for which you’re aiming is on a massive slope from right to left.
Task: Use a three-foot metal stick and a ball the size of a macaroon to avoid the ocean, forest, and sand, and land it in the green area, but make sure it doesn't topple down the slope.
And they say golf isn't a sport?
Welcome to Pebble Beach, where no shot is easy and every shot requires strategy, will, and nerves.
What are the exact features that generate such anxiety and difficulty for players?
Whose game will conquer these back-breaking aspects of the course and elevate them to US Open Champion come Sunday?