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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 151 - US Open Wrap
EVEN before the first peg had been placed in the ground at the US Open, Chambers Bay had copped an earful. Not much changed when players finally set foot on the Washington state layout. Patrick Reed moaned about the "Mickey Mouse" or amateurish greens. The seemingly always-complaining Sergio Garcia had nothing nice to say either: "This is a great championship with great history. The US Open deserves so much better than this. It hurts to see what they have done to the course." Henrik Stenson said it was "borderline laughable at some of the greens and some of the pin positions". World No.1 Rory McIlroy said “if they can come back in about 20 years' time, I'd be OK with that”, referring to a suggestion of another US Open at Chambers Bay. Even the eventual winner Jordan Spieth got caught out calling the 18th hole the dumbest he'd ever played in his life. So the players didn't like the course. We get it. But who really cares? After all, the US Open – the toughest test in golf – is not about pleasing the sensibilities of players. It is not about giving millionaires a comfortable ride into golf immortality. Majors aren't just handed out. That's why they are majors. Rather, the US Open is all about providing players with a brutally difficult – at times seemingly unfair – challenge. A complete test of their skill, mental toughness, creativity and ability to adapt. Most of all, it is about entertaining golf fans – the very people who ensure these sportsmen continue to play for the huge prizemoney they're afforded each week. And as far as I can tell, Chambers Bay put on an incredibly entertaining spectacle for four days. Sure, the greens weren't in the finest condition, but players played the same track in the same conditions. Move on. There will always be an element of luck in golf, but anyone who suggests Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen were "lucky" to find themselves at the top end of the leaderboard didn't watch the event at all. For me, the USGA nailed it. While there were problems with the coverage and elements of the course, Chambers Bay as a US Open venue was purely entertaining and highlighted the skill of the best golfers when nothing but complete precision was required. Reed, McIlroy, Stenson and Garcia should note that golf fans love to see the best guys tested, and they don't appreciate hearing continual whingeing about how hard and unfair a layout feels to them. Welcome to our world, gents. OTG the VIEW WHY THE WHINGERS WERE WRONG PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS NEED TO REALISE THAT SOMETIMES IT'S NOT ABOUT THEM - IT'S ABOUT ENTERTAINING THE FANS. AND THE USGA NAILED IT. by Damian Shutie OTG editor-in-chief Awarded #1 Overall Winner in the ‘2015 MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Driver Awards’ # 1 MOST WANTED DRIVER 2015 LEARN MORE
OTG Express 150 - US Open Preview
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