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US Open at Shinnecock Hills

Discussion in 'Golf Tournament Talk' started by IrishGolfer, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. IrishGolfer

    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    This is a big one for me. As some of you know I spent two endless Summers looping here. It was on my bucket list to go to this, and I'll be in the US next week, but alas I'm in Austin and Boston working. But I'll be back home in time to watch the final round unfold on TV and cheer on knowledgeably at every shot.

    I wrote a wee article here. Enjoy.
     
  2. eclark53520

    eclark53520 DB Member Extraordinaire Supporting Member

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    I was wondering if you were going to post on this. I thought for sure you would be attending! Bummer you're not able to.
     
  3. IrishGolfer

    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    Yip, me too Eric. I had sown the seeds but would only be able to go for about 1/2 day. Too much hassle and I'd probably not get to see half of what I was expecting to. I should have gone for a week. Oh well, I'll have it all recorded and probably watch it about 10 times. I can't wait.

    My bucket list trip is the Masters. I'm doing that before I peg it!!
     
  4. warbirdlover

    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    Great article you wrote on Shinnecock Mark.
     
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    subsonic Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I knew you would be amped up about this IG! You should try to go up there and Snag a loop.

    Write us a play by play caddie style for each Hole Geezer!
     
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    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    Great write-up IG! This is my favorite major - it's always on Fathers Day, it's usually on or near my birthday, and it's the extreme test of skill and mental metal. It's a great weekend to be surrounded by family and enjoy the game on TV. I am one of those guys who likes to USGA to make this one event unfair. Its only once a year and it separates the men from the whiners. Goosen and Phil weren't complaining back in 2004! Man UP!
     
  7. ualtim

    ualtim Carrollton, TX Supporting Member

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    Ray Floyd, Corey Pavin, and Retief Goosen. Not exactly a murderers row of former champions.
     
  8. TEA Time

    TEA Time Grumpy Gilmore Staff Member Admin

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    Yeah right, I knew you were up to something...

    Scott to use local caddie at Shinnecock for U.S. Open
     
  9. limpalong

    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    They've stripped Fescue from the areas of the corporate tents and used it to narrow the fairways. The sod from the fairways is being stored at a local sod farm. Haven't heard how deep they will grow the rough, but I believe the USGA wants to return to making the U.S. Open a tiring and mentally defeating four rounds of golf. That's the U.S. Open we used to love. It was a true test for those who could put the ball in play, have the patience to work through the errant shots, and be able to putt on a bowling alley.
    A couple of the top players are far from the most accurate off the tee. D.J. and Woods can hit it long, but not necessarily in front of them. Others have had trouble keeping their temper in check. Spieth can show mettle... or a melt down.
    In addition to narrowing the fairways, they have lengthened the course. This keeps the long hitters, like D.J., as potential contenders but they cannot be missing fairways. "Bomb & Gouge" may be the PGA of today, but not the USGA. We need distance with accuracy. Those that have their mid-irons working may perform better than the wedge players. The 275 yard drive followed by a 6-iron may be light years ahead of the 350 yard drive and wedge... if the 350 yard drive is 10 yards wide of the fairway.
    If this isn't 'bomb and gouge'... If this isn't links style golf... If this is a course set up uniquely different than most of the field is comfortable playing... the winner could be someone whose name is foreign to a leaderboard. I'm stoked. I'm excited. I just hope this gives us 4 days of nail-biting golf and a Sunday afternoon that does not allow us to know the winner until the final putt is made.
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    Hole #2 is a 252 yard par 3???!!!! Green protected by sand bunkers??!! Let's see. How would I play that hole? Lace a monster, for me, 200 yard drive down the fairway. Skull a wedge through a bunker with the ball ending up about 10 yards over the green. Bang a putter, rolling the ball back to the green. 3-jack from there and walk away with my 6. Tell the guys back home I "bogeyed" it, leaving out the word "triple".:D
     
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  11. azgreg

    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    I would just hit my 7W short of the trouble, wedge it up, and walk away with a 2 putt bogey and be happy about it.
     
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    TheTrueReview "Playing it straight" Supporting Member

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    I had inside word today that originated from a correspondent who walked a practise round on Monday with Woods and Spieth.

    Apparently Woods was sharp and consistently out driving Spieth.

    The rough is deep but the fairways are wider than the last time there.

    The greens only have a small level spot where the flag is located. The other parts just slope away.

    Verdict? Look for someone who’s a great ball striker with their (approach) irons.
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    From what I'm hearing, to compete on this course setup your putter will need to be "magical". Both Spieth and Woods have been struggling with the flatstick. And, as you say, someone is going to have to stick their approach shots in the perfect location to keep them on the greens.
     
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    So... hit it long and straight, knock it close, and putt well? Solid plan. :D
     
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    Keep an eye on the weather forecast. I heard yesterday that crazy high winds are forecast for Thursday afternoon. Some players in the afternoon grooup may be done after day 1 ...
     
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  16. limpalong

    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    Love it! Make 'em play in conditions like we "commoners" do!! A strong wind might narrow the fairways quite a bit.
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    Spieth 4 over after his first two holes!!!!! Wow!
     
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    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    Speeeth triple bogey 6 on his first par 3. Rory Mac is 2 over thru 4.
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    Jordan, Rory, and Phil in the same group. That group of 3 is 11 over after 4 holes!!!!! Course is winning!!!!
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    IG is probably drooling as he watches this. I was never that familiar with the course. What a venue!!!! These domed greens require precise approach shots. Commentators are saying the 'bomb and gouge' players won't have an advantage. Only 2 par 5's with one of them unreachable even by the longest hitters. A total "shotmaker's" dream.
     

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