Follow-up to the U.S. Open
Sorry I missed you guys on Tuesday with this, but we had some technical issues that just fouled things up. So here's my take on the U.S. Open, and I certainly invite you all to chime in with yours.
So, there's my take on the Open. Another great one for the ages. Hope the USGA brings it back to Old Merion soon. And it just moved way up on my bucket list of places I just have to go play.
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#3... nearly exactly what I said but mind-numbing, not quite. Called by many. Par ( or bogey! ) for the course.
Other than that, spot on for Merion. I didn't care at all for olympic.
Scott Shields says:
Sometimes Terry I think you're posts dripping too much with ..."old school is better" feelings. But this time I agree. It was nice to see the Pro's challenged. Makes you wonder which era of golfes is better.
Terry - I agree. Once a year, it is great to see these guys have to play like most players. Not reach greens in two, hit woods on par fives, etc. I also can't believe these guys miss fairways with irons they can stick to ten feet on par threes. Mickelson missing greens with wedges blows my mind. I practice hard and almost never miss a green with a wedge and this is his full time job and he is the best in the world at it. Come on. He lost it with those two shots.
My only issue with Merion was the 250+ yard par 3s. I agree with Hunter "I just hit a $@#^ing driver on a par 3." I was never impressed watching the par 3s, even when they hit a good shot and hit it close it was more "finally" than "wow". All about the long par 4s and 5s, but I like watching magic on par 3s. My personal opinion.
Torleif Sorenson says:
I have to agree with DaRupp13 here; the only mystery in my mind is how long it will be before the USGA sets up an Open par-3 with 250 yards of carry over water. I'm sure it's just a matter of time before they try this sort of tactic.
The pros hit the ball so far that they have little choice.When you have a 190yd par 3 and the pro is hitting an 8iron how do you put the 3+4 irons back in the game?
Here is an idea.Let us do what auto racing does with the IROC series.The players show up,and are given the set of clubs and balls they must use right off the rack like we buy them.
My take is, if they are really that good, why aren't all the tourney's set up that hard? Make them prove it every week, not just once a year.
Larrynjr - the reason the course is only setup once a year like this is because the USGA runs this tourney and the PGA tour runs the others. The USGA differentiates itself by making it super hard to get fans to watch while the PGA Tour knows it is entertainment and people like birdies. It is all about business and money and not the highest level golf except the majors. Players adapt, if course were like this we would have a bunch of straight hitter but the PGA course are setup for the bombers and that is what the tour has.
joe jones says:
I predicted the Plus 1 winning score but must admit I missed completely on who the winner would be. Justin Rose deserved the win .He was the best player by far. I felt the setup was "fair" but brutal. I agree that 250 yard par threes are a bit much but the pro's are hitting 3 woods 270 plus yards so Davis may have been taking that into account.The thing I took exception too was the lack of a graduated rough. Not on every hole but there were several holes like #5 where the slope of the fairway made almost every drive roll all the way across the fairway into 5" narly rough. I don't think a perfect shot should be penalized.A three inch first cut would be difficult but allow some opportunity to recover.
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