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This article is priceless...schadenfreude....dominatrix. Words of power and sex...like a Brit Tab!! (But deservedly)
I am a USGA member. I pay some piddling amount annually (I think around $30USD) and I get a bag tag (which I don't use) and a series of periodicals that arrive in the post from time to time.
They did a big Mea Culpa on the USOpen in the issue they sent out last month. Very thinly veiled discussion of the fact that they really screwed up Shinnecock and tried their best to defend their "philosophies" of "identifying the best golfer in the world".
They have embarrassed themselves and the US Open.
Incidentally, I attended the 1999 USOpen and had a great time. There were no noteworthy complaints regarding course set up during that tournament. And in the article they published in their own rag - they were emphatic that "we plan no major changes to the 99 USOpen set up for the 2005 Open".
For those of you outside of North America - I will tell you that the weather forecast for the tournament is outstanding. June is a borderline month in the southern U.S. This is why a review of the US Open rota will reveal that 95% of the tournaments are held in the northern US. In 99, it was a break in tradition for the USGA to hold the tourney in the South. This weekend is going to have superb weather. The implication of this is that the USGA has NO Excuse as it relates to weather regarding Course Set Up - as they did in the final round of last year's tourney. Overnight at Shinnecock a big, dry wind dried the greens and they ignored it. Or rather - acted like chumps.
It's time they Put UP or Shut Up. No Excuses.
bdcrowe said:That was a great article. I absolutely agree concerning the USGAs egg-face last year. But there is something I don't understand:
Everyone makes a lot of noise year-round concerning equipment breakthroughs. They make a lot of course lengthening. They make a lot about the short rough and making it too easy on the pros-- catering to those who can bomb it.
Then we have the US Open that thins the fairways, grows in rough that will actually do it's job and penalize. They also set the greens up so that not just any shot from anywhere will hit and stick. So we have atricles and anylists poo pooing the setup now as not a true test. What the hell? Everyone should make up their mind.
I was the first to scream last year that the course was unfair. But I think this year will (barring another USGA screw up) be as close as it gets to a true test. Narrow fairways and penalizing rough will keep the grip-and-rip players honest. Greens that won't stick with a 3 wood will make the short/accurate players work for their score. R7 or persimmon. Pro-V or Balata. It should be great.