I don't mind that the course may be soft...sure, hard and fast seems to be a US Open tradition, but Champions should be able to score the best in whatever mother nature provides.
Some great stories out of the qualifiers including 54 yo Jay Don Blake being the only player to be playing in both the US Open and the SR US Open. 23 yo Zach Fischer beating pro Ryan Palmer in a 12 hole playoff for the final guaranteed spot out of Dallas, 18 yo Gavin Hall birdieing his last 4 holes and 19 yo Grayson Murray playing his last 6 holes -5 to get in are also impressive. I wonder what went through the mind of 46 yo US Open rookie John Nieporte, whose dad played in a dozen US Opens, after he made a hole in one on his 30th hole and then beat 15 yo David Snyder in a playoff to earn his spot.
Looking at the field, there are definitely some guys past their prime like Michael Campbell, JM Olazabal and Mike Weir. The last two got in via qualifiers which means their game may be on the upswing, but I don't expect much from them.
There are also some guys having pretty good years who will be watching from the sidelines including