VIEWER'S FORUM - USGA = What are they thinking?
"Let me state that I'm no big fan of the USGA for a variety of
reasons, prior to this US Open. Some of their actions during this
tournament have cemented my opinions further.
First, they put out the word that, since the greens are flat, a record
score is likely to be shot. Their media lapdogs eagerly concur, and
fret in their columns how awful this is. Of course, when the real
experts, the players, finally arrived at Bethpage, they said how
stupid people were for believing this. The players turned out to be
Second, on Friday many golfers couldn't even reach the fairway on #10.
Tom Meeks comes on and says, weakly, that there is no golfer in the
field who can't fly the ball 250 yards.
Meeks, this is b.s. There are PLENTY of world class golfers who fly
the ball less than 250, in the 230-250 range. Give them the normal 30
yards of roll and they are averaging 260-280, which now covers 1/2 the
entire PGA Tour. You have bought into the media overhype that everyone
on tour bombs the ball on the carry.
As a result, you have set up a course where only guys who fly it at
least 250 or so can compete. Congratulations. You just effectively
eliminated 1/2 the field.
Distance should be rewarded, yes. But trying to make sure Tiger hits a
few long irons on par 4's should not come at the expense of 1/2 the
field not even being able to reach the green.
Meeks also made the idiotic statement that nothing in the rules says a
guy in the US Open has to be able to reach a par 4 in two shots. Uh,
the very definition of a par 4 is that an expert golfer (and even the
worst US Open participant surely is an expert) is able to reach the
green in two shots.
In my opinion, the US Open has always been a poor test of golf,
because not all phases of the game were tested adequately. Iron
recovery ability was non-existent due to the length of the rough, and
short game mastery was always inconsequential because of the
guessing-game-length rough around the greens. Now, the Open is even
more limited in scope due to the emphasis on powerball. "