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2019 The US Open Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Golf Tournament Talk' started by Fairwaysplitter3320, May 29, 2019.

  1. Fairwaysplitter3320

    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    US Open Talk!
     
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    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    I want to see Phil and Tiger duel on Sunday afternoon!
     
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    TEA Time Grumpy Gilmore Staff Member Admin

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    With Phil winning, of course. :D
     
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    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    In that scenario...yes.
     
  5. azgreg

    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    I just want to see them not fuck up Pebble.
     
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    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    TEA Time Grumpy Gilmore Staff Member Admin

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    By that you mean the USGA? Because they are going to. Better just rip that bandaid off now.
     
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    ualtim Carrollton, TX Supporting Member

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    I have a sliver of hope that the removal of Mike Davis as the USGA setup guru may yield a less brutal course setup. I am willing to give the new guy a chance before I start dismantling the USGA.

    Of course, if round one is a disaster, the gloves will be off.:mad:
     
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    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    There is a great expression here, "Their coat is hanging on a shakey hanger". If they screw this up after the past few years! I know it is a different kind of golf, punishing, exacting etc. And sometimes that is OK to see, rather than a -26 under birdie blitz. But let's make it tough and fair, not impossible.
     
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    ualtim Carrollton, TX Supporting Member

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    My biggest beef is what they have done to the greens in the past. I do not mind narrow fairways and dense rough to challenge the players to make decisions on the tee to play for pure distance or control. But greens that can not hold a well struck shot have no place on any golf course, let alone a major. I rather see someone shoot -20 if they have a hot week than watch the field struggle to make pars because the greens can not hold a drop of water let alone a golf ball.

    I found the PGA at Bethpage Black highly entertaining. It was a tough setup, but it rewarded well struck shots.
     
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    I've expressed my feelings on course setup at the Open before....

    Punish these guys. I want the mentally tough players on the leader boards, not the ones that just have pure golf talent. 4, 5, 6 putts, unplayable lies if you're not on the fairway...I want shooting par to be a dream land.

    I find it hilarious when a shot lands on the green and funnels off into a bunker. Nothing gives me more joy.
     
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    Damn, Glark! :devil:
     
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    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    Glark takes no prisoners!
     
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    I, too, lean more to the "Glark attitude". I want the rough higher than most PGA venues. I want the fairways narrower than most PGA venues. And, I want the greens to putt like the floor in my garage. My only problem with a couple of past U.S. Opens was that the greens were not receptive. If a well placed shot hits on the green and sticks... great. If the PGA pro three or four putts from there... that's a U.S. Open!!
    The PGA has become a "bomb and gouge" game. Hit a 350 yard drive to an 80 yard wide manicured fairway. If it misses the fairway into the first cut of rough... the rough is short enough the player is not penalized. I'd like to see them have difficulty finding a golf ball in the first cut! Hit the fairway or go home!
    The only thing that messes with the players in most pro tourneys is Mother Nature. Oh, my! They might have to wear a wind shirt! My word! It was so difficult playing today in 7 mph winds! Come on! We who tee it up most every day don't do it on manicured courses. We take whatever weather is there... or don't play that day. I know. It takes 4 consecutive days with rounds in the 60's to compete on the Tour. Give us one tourney where 4 rounds in the mid-70's wins and at the winner's press conference he looks like he just sat through an autopsy!
     
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    I forget exactly what hole it was at Erin Hills when I was there, but there was a down hill par 3 that I watched sooo many balls land milddle of the green and filter into a deep green side bunker. I could have watched that hole ALL DAY.

    Got to the point where the crowd would murmur 'bunker' when it landed in the spot we knew was going to funnel.
     
  16. MCDavis

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    I agree with this. The US Open is known to be tough...let it be. The winner should be so worn out he can't even hold the trophy up without help. And any subpar round should be cause for a celebration, not what's expected.
     
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    ualtim Carrollton, TX Supporting Member

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    Anyone backing the USGA’ s ridiculous setups should forced to play golf with hickory shafted clubs and gutta percha golf balls for the rest of their lives. Watching other people suffer is not entertainment, unless they are NY Yankee fans, they deserve all the misery they can get. ;)
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    FIFY :D:D
     
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    ualtim Carrollton, TX Supporting Member

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    It’s not my fault your beloved Chiefs can’t win the big playoff games at home even with laser pointers in hand.
     
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    MCDavis The Plaid Duffer Staff Member Moderator

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    Anyone who thinks course setups should be easy on the pros probably thinks there should be a way to make a football easier to grip on game day...oh, wait...:D

    I really have no issue with at least 1 major being known to be a true test of every aspect of your game, including endurance. Some of the greatest British Open's, in my opinion, have been with pouring rains and howling winds...and Tom Watson showing the field how to endure to the end and win. To me, that's a far better win than beating the brains out of the competition by 10 strokes and being 20 under par in the sunshine. No, I don't want to play in the tough conditions, but I'm also not getting paid millions of dollars to play. The pros should be forced to have to figure out a way to win other than bomb and gouge better than the next guy.

    And go Blues!! :p
     
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