U.S. Open - Anyone watching?

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    U.S. Open - Anyone watching?

    The scores are so average it makes for an interesting watch. Should be an exciting final two days.
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    I realize this is a big major tournament but the USGA has this course to where it’s almost unfair and unreasonable. When you hit a great shot within a few feet of a hole and it slowly trickles into a deep bunker, well that’s a little too much tricking up a course to make it harder. Good shots should be rewarded not penalized.

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    Iím all for watching these guys struggle. It makes them seem human. But this isnít fun to watch. Like professor said, great shots should be rewarded. Iím all for it being extremely penal if you miss it slightly, but not this. Iíd venture to say we could take the best 5 golfers in BGP and not one of us break 100 on this course today.

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    I could skip the tee shots and approach shots and lay my ball down 40 feet from the hole for a birdie putt on all 18 holes and couldnít break 100, lol. Those greens are ridiculous.

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    What did Phil do? I was in ER and heard the announcers say he was on trouble for something he did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    What did Phil do? I was in ER and heard the announcers say he was on trouble for something he did.
    Phil missed a putt, and rather than let run off the green, he ran it down and hit it back toward the hole while it was still moving. I’ll admit, I’ve done this before.....but I’m not a pro golfer playing in front of millions at this country’s biggest tournament.

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    This is stupid. I tried watching but this isn't golf...it's a joke.

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    What was the stat they posted there at the end...the final 5 pairings today were an aggregate 67 over par today? That's ridiculous. You've got 2 guys that started the day tied for 45th and are now in the final pairings? WTH?

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    This isn't the first time the USGA has screwed up at this venue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcpapa View Post
    This isn't the first time the USGA has screwed up at this venue.
    The USGA is making this sort of course setup too frequent for the US Open. Most of the golfers aren’t making negative statements due to backlash but you can tell by their body language that they’re pretty disgusted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Professor View Post
    The USGA is making this sort of course setup too frequent for the US Open. Most of the golfers aren’t making negative statements due to backlash but you can tell by their body language that they’re pretty disgusted.
    Agree. Not sure what to expect tomorrow but I will be watching. I don't play but love to walk and follow my men when they play. Always enjoy watching golf with them on TV.

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    The USGA has admitted their error and will slow down the course for today’s final round.

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    I don't mind watching the pros struggle on the golf course. But the US Open, is often ridiculous. When the course is tricked up this much, and good shots turn into bad shots so regularly, it's not about how good your are, but how lucky you are.

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    I for one would like to go back to a traditional US Open Course like Merion. Merion is probably the shortest course on tour <7000 yards, but it’s true US Open golf to me. Tree lined fairways, tight fairways, and DEEP actual rough not fescue everywhere. The scores were similar in 2013 as they are this year, but the difference is the course wasn’t stupid. It’s just insanely difficult to hit good shots at Merion, but when it happens they were rewarded. There were plenty of good shots hit yesterday at Shinnecock that weren’t rewarded and it’s frustrating to me. The US Open should be won by the best golfer not to luckiest golfer and yesterday luck played a bigger role than I ever want to see on a golf course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    What did Phil do? I was in ER and heard the announcers say he was on trouble for something he did.
    Basically his putt was going to roll all the way off the green and he would have to chip back up and it would have been a very difficult chip so he decided to hit a moving ball and take the 2 stroke penalty that accompanies the act instead of having to hit the chip back up the hill. I don’t really have a problem with it but its definitely one of those spirit of the rules things that I personally don’t think Phil should have done.

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