Bubba said he's going to dial it down this week. The driver is going to be lonely at times in the bag. He's going to lay back and take his chances with longer second shots. He's going to put a premium on spending lots of quality time on the fairway.
"But that's what I'm planning right now," he said. "Now if I make a few bogeys and doubles right quick, I might switch to the driver."
See what I mean? Bubba being Bubba. He's the guy who said of navigating this course, "The golf, it's a chess match. Even though I don't like chess, it's a chess match where you have to plot it this way and that way and do the right things."
First he said it was a "second-shot course." Then he said "it's all about making putts." Then he said, "It's about hitting fairways."
Please, Bubba, stop. Do what you do best: don't overthink it, just play. See ball, hit ball. Don't let the U.S. Open change who you are.
Modifying your game for Pinehurst is fine. There's no dishonor in laying up sometimes, or playing for the safe parts of No. 2's greens, which are crowned like ski moguls.
But maybe it's time the U.S. Open should be worried about Bubba instead of the other way around. Maybe this is his week, his tournament and his major.
That's a chess game I'd like to see.