The US Open is well under way and the third round is currently being played at Chambers Bay golf course. But, it is not the golf that is being talked about in the media, but rather the criticism that has been given by players and pundits alike.
Bingo, broccoli and dumb are just some of the words that have been used to describe the course. But, the tournament organisers – USGA – have not been let off the hook either. However, it is the greens that are taking most of the hating.
“I’d a five-foot putt on the first and didn’t have the first idea what it was going to do. It felt like outdoor bingo at that point.”
2013 Champion Justin Rose
“The greens are borderline laughable. It’s like putting on broccoli.”
“This is the dumbest hole [18th] I’ve ever played in my life. Eighteen as a par four doesn’t make much sense. There’s a group of about 10, 12 guys that can fly it 310 yards that have an entirely different hole to play there. For anybody else you have to hit it in a five or six-yard area.”
Master Champion Jordan Speith
I think a championship of the caliber of @usopengolf deserves better quality green surfaces that we have this week but maybe I’m wrong!
— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) June 18, 2015
However, despite players protests, the tournament goes on, and it is turning out to be a cracker. With a top score of just five under par leading, a group of about 15-20 players can still win from here.
That means that we are looking at an exciting few rounds of gold ahead. My money was on Henrik Stenson (28/1) at the start, and after his first round I was quietly confident. However, he slipped yesterday, but is still on one under par with two rounds to go.
Rory has looked solid today, but it may be difficult for him to claw back a horrible first round. But, Jordan Speith remains in the lead and he tee’s off later this evening.
Selected Tee Off Times
21:33: Henrik Stenson, Alexander Levy
21:44: Brian Campbell (a), Shane Lowry
21:55: Kevin Kisner, Jason Day
22:06: J.B. Holmes, Jamie Lovemark
22:17: Ben Martin, Daniel Summerhays
22:28: Tony Finau, Joost Luiten
22:39: Dustin Johnson, Branden Grace
22:50: Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth