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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 292 US Open wrap
COVER STORY the risk of losing control by cutting the greens?” Having the greens running faster and faster, pushing greens to the edge of survival, is another USGA US Open initiative in the name of producing “the toughest test of golf” and combating the long distances players hit the ball. But when you adopt this speedy initiative on greens created in the Golden Era of design, when green speeds were half of what they are now, you are simply asking for trouble. The R&A lost a full day’s play at The Open in 2015 because the wind was too strong and balls were moving on the greens of the Old Course. The Old Course was the only course in Scotland’s Kingdom of Fife where no golf was played that day. The US Open heads to Pebble Beach in 2019 where Koepka will aim to become the first player since Willie Anderson in 1905 to win the trophy in three consecutive years. And we can only hope for his sake and his legacy, that the USGA leaves the bloody course alone. WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID AFTER ROUND 3 “We’re not on the edge. I thought we could be on the edge but we’ve surpassed it, and now it’s pretty much gone.” – Zach Johnson “It’s not that the entire course is unplayable but a couple pins are unnecessary.” – Justin Thomas. “I don’t have anything nice to say about that green and the pin location, so I’m just not going to say it.” – Brooks Koepka. “(The USGA) need to get people who know what they’re doing and set up the golf course right.” – Marc Leishman. “I’m not sure I could possibly comment without using words which shouldn’t be seen ... just like some of those pins.” – Ian Poulter on Twitter “As a player and a golf fan myself, it’s sad to see how one of our biggest tournaments @usopengolf gets ripped apart because the @USGA can’t figure out the right set up for the great golf courses we play!!” – Sergio Garcia on Twitter.
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