Players to watch at US Open

"I feel like I'm prepared, I feel like I'm ready, and we'll see what happens". The 28-year-old daughter of National Hockey League legend Wayne Gretzky gave birth to her second son on Monday (June 12) in Los Angeles.

Johnson was in dominant form before the injury, winning three events in a row heading into the Masters.

'I'm excited to come back and defend this week, ' he added. But I'm going to have to play really well if I want that chance'.

Johnson, however, who missed the Masters in April after a freak accident where he slipped on steps and hurt his back on the eve of the tournament, was adamant the length of Erin Hills would suit his game.

"Welcome to the world baby boy.we all love you so much", Gretzky, 28, captioned a photo from the hospital of 2-year-old son Tatum kissing his new baby brother.

Dustin Johnson insists disrupted preparations for the US Open have not left him "behind the 8-ball" as he seeks to defy the odds and make a successful title defence. "Yeah, it was definitely a thought, but everything worked out and I'm here playing".

Johnson is again staying in a rented house close to the Erin Hills course which also features a staircase, and was asked whether he was more frightened of the stairs or the Erin Hills course.

"But seriously, the rough is awful here and you have got to hit it in the fairways, and besides there is plenty of room to do that as the fairways are pretty wide". I don't know, I like the golf course. But they don't play quite as wide as they look. He isn't anxious about only getting two days of work in this week at a first-time U.S. Open venue.

While other players have complained at the tangled acres of fescue grass, McIlroy was dismayed to learn some of the rough had been cut back following the complaints. "I think it sets up very well for me".

Vanessa Coleman