McIlroy, Spieth, others on what lies ahead at the 2015 U.S. Open

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It’s been a busy week already at Chambers Bay, and the 2015 U.S. Open doesn’t tee off until Thursday. On Tuesday, many of golf’s biggest stars met with members of the media to hold their official press conferences.

Here’s some highlights to wet your appetite for what’s shaping up to be a historic week in the Pacific Northwest.

Phil Mickelson

“I’ve always been somebody, ever since I was a kid, that got motivated by failure, that worked harder because of failure. Some people get discouraged by that, but for me it’s been a motivator to continue to work harder and get over that hump.”

Rickie Fowler

“I think I’m very much ready to go get in contention in a major and get the job done.”

Rory McIlroy

“It’s a pure links golf course. Every part of this golf course is fescue. It’s really like playing an Open Championship in the United States. That’s what it’s going to be like [except] it’s about 20 degrees warmer.”

Jordan Spieth

“You can’t win a Grand Slam unless you win the first. So I’m the only one with that opportunity this year. So I’m going to go ahead and focus on this week and see if I can put myself in contention.”

Jason Day

“They’re going to be able to set the course up to where I think it’s very challenging but in a way that they’re going to try and find the best player that’s going to win around here. And I don’t have any problem with it. I keep saying to people, U.S. Open is all about controlling your attitude, controlling your emotional level and your stress levels out there because it can be a very frustrating week if you let it be.”

Ryan Moore

“To win any major would be incredible, but to be able to do it potentially where you’re born and raised and in front of a local crowd and your family and friends, it would be — it would be incredible. I don’t want to get too much ahead of myself and really start thinking about it too much. There’s a lot of golf ahead of me. So I’m just trying to go out there and just play golf and just kind of see what happens.”

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