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The Masters, where Uihlein didn’t make the cut, gave him the first whiff of a major.

“The biggest thing was just getting comfortable out there in front of all the people and just the whole major setting and how difficult major championships are, how patient … you have to be,” Uihlein said. “Hopefully, I’ll use some of that experience this week and have a little better week.”

Getting comfortable took time Monday, as the late spring afternoon seemed to exhale after a stretch of intense heat. One shot at a time may be cliche, but it’s Uihlein’s mantra this week. By the end of Uihlein’s practice round with Adam Scott and David May, he felt better. The 18 holes helped ease his nerves.

The crowds will grow and temperatures will rise at Congressional. Everyone and everything seemed to be gathering strength on this tranquil afternoon for what is to come, the toughest four days a golfer can face.