Mike Davis

Tough rough: US Open conditions may rob drama from a major

Remember last year, when Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson played a round for the ages, trading birdies and spectacular shots until Stenson finally came away with the British Open title?

The U.S. Open won't be like that.

First off, barring a long rain delay on Thursday, Mickelson will be absent, attending his daughter's high school graduation in California.

And though Erin Hills, at first glance, may look like the sort of British links course that Mickelson and Stenson tore up last summer, Stenson will be the first to tell you it most certainly isn't.

"Golf at the U.S. Open has always been a bit harder than at the (British) Open or any of the other...