Stay Classy USGA
By Kickntrue on 6/19/09
The USGA is taking some (deserved?) criticism today for a couple controversial decisions they made yesterday due to the rain.

The first- is that Thursday ticket holders for the US Open, despite only seeing a hour or two of golf are out of luck. No refunds, no extra day... nothing. Has to be a nice kick in the wallet and gut for those who drove, parked, shuttled, walked, got soaked, and saw about 2 minutes of golf, if that. Ouch!

Second- the USGA has ruled that players will not be allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls today. If you hit an amazing drive right down the gut of the fairway and it ends up covered in mud... sorry about that! Most other events allow for lift/clean/place when the course is soaked like this. I guess the USGA really doesn't want to see scores break even par. Seems lame.

No Refunds
Muddy Balls


Update: The USGA has officially changed their minds. Thursday tickets will be honored Monday, and if there is no golf on Monday (not likely) a 50% refund will be offered.


[ comments ]
southping says:
The ticket situation is a tough one . I have Saturday tickets , and there will be 42,000 people there to watch Saturday . They can't fit another say, 15,000 people that would want to come and watch from Thursday . So I sort of get the reasoning on that . They could maybe give them a hat or polo for their $100 . Or perhaps a DVD of the tournament at a later date . A concelation prize of sorts . And they should let the players lift , clean , and place in the fairway . That only makes sense .
6/19/09
 
ToddRobb says:
Well, One: It's clearly written that the tickets are for the DAY, not the round. If they didn't do that, in theory, today they could have twice as many people on the course. It's not like a baseball game that tickets are sold for the game not the day, when the game is replayed your ticket is still good. Number two: Unlike "normal" courses, they won't get mud on their ball like you think they would at the courses we play. Also, there is a local rule that they can lift clean and place if the ball is "embedded" through to the green. One last point, with these conditions I think we will actually see lower scores because the ball will not roll thru the fairway into the rough like it normally would, and they can fire at the pins much more so and not worry about super slick greens. As long as the rain holds off, these are easy pickins for players of their caliber, if it starts pouring again, all bets are off.
6/19/09
 
mjaber says:
I agree with them not being allowed to lift, clean and place. I know the PGA does it in some of their tournaments, but we're not talking about a "normal" tournament. There is always a bit of luck involved with golf at ANY level. This is just another part of the "test" of a major championship. At least they don't have UFO's sneaking down and stealing their balls out of the rough. That happens to me all the time. :)

I think the USGA could have spread yesterday's ticket holders out over the next 3 days, and not had too huge an impact. Do a first-come,first-serve choice for their "make-up" day.
6/19/09
 
ToddRobb says:
THEY STOLE MY IDEA!!! They're going to let the Thursday ticket holders use their tickets on Monday, IF there's play on Monday.
6/19/09
 
mjaber says:
@ToddRobb... I guess someone in the USGA hierarchy must be a member of oob. : )
6/19/09
 
ToddRobb says:
If they're not they should be ;)
6/19/09
 
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