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    I think its more about the setup being unfair and not just that its too hard. Phil slapping a rolling putt around is what they are talking about; cutting the hole on a slope where you can't stop the ball near the cup.
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    Their loss IMO.


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    Quote Originally Posted by *Range Rat View Post
    I think its more about the setup being unfair and not just that its too hard. Phil slapping a rolling putt around is what they are talking about; cutting the hole on a slope where you can't stop the ball near the cup.
    Yep, that hole was in the middle of a false front on an uphill par 4. That's stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *Range Rat View Post
    I think its more about the setup being unfair and not just that its too hard. Phil slapping a rolling putt around is what they are talking about; cutting the hole on a slope where you can't stop the ball near the cup.
    yet somehow other guys managed to figure out to play that hole. phil put his ball in the wrong spot, and hit poor putts. to me, the us open is supposed to put the highest premium of any tournament on proper positioning.
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    Would love to hear what Brooks has to say about this, haha.
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    Brooks didn't seem to care, and for that matter neither did Tiger.

    The US Open is meant to be a test in all facets of the game. IMO a course setup that has the winner finishing around even, is perfect.

    That being said, I don't think there is any way they will set Pebble up true, to what a US Open should be, which is a shame.

    Also, congrats to Brooks on his 3rd Open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMB3 View Post
    Would love to hear what Brooks has to say about this, haha.
    He would say that if those guys don't play then he only has 2 people left that can beat him.

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    I get it to a point since the USGA finds ways to consistently screw it up but this comes across as being crybabies. Everyone is playing the same course, do better than the others and you win. Plus you get almost pristine conditions throughout the rest of the season, suck it up for one week you big pansies.
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    Assuming Brooks is not on the list, just makes it easier for him or others top players to win.
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    If the winning score at Pebble is -15, will the players be happy then? Or will they cry that it wasn't hard enough for a USOpen?

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    While I think they should stop whining, I do agree that the USGA needs to get their head out of their asses and stop making it tough by baking/killing greens or worrying about par. I do wish they would make it tough by choosing courses that promote the width/angle approach with misses being punished (longer rough, deeper bunkers, bad angles into greens, and choosing courses that have basically 2/3 greens in one where finding the right tier/section is mandatory) and hitting how/where you need to be gives you a great shot at birdie. Just tightening fairways, playing courses with lots of fescue, and making the greens run 14 with holes on crests is moronic. How they have the Womens open set up this week is actually pretty legit and should mimic to the guys game just with appropriate modifications obviously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *Range Rat View Post
    I think its more about the setup being unfair and not just that its too hard. Phil slapping a rolling putt around is what they are talking about; cutting the hole on a slope where you can't stop the ball near the cup.
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    Yep, that hole was in the middle of a false front on an uphill par 4. That's stupid.
    What's funny is that if you look through the top 20 finishers(24 golfers), the score for that Saturday on that hole was +4. 6 Bogey's, 2 birdies, and the rest par. No doubles. For it to be a complete farce, I'd expect a lot worse than that. Also, let's not forget that Phil drilled that first putt, its not like he lagged it up there and it just didn't stop. Not saying it was a great setup, there were clearly issues, but I'm not sure if Phil doens't snap, that people are even talking about that hole location a year later.
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    I don't know what these guy's problem is. I love it when the courses are set up impossibly. Gives me the perfect excuse for my piss poor putting game.

    In all seriousness, the US Open purse is like $12 million this year? Winners get paid the same amount whether they finish at -12 or +6 and I cant see anyone (even the big guns) skipping out on such a huge tournament. It feels like they're just trying to throw their weight around right before the 2019 tournament to influence the USGA setup at Pebble. Kind of like what they did right before Erin Hills in 2017 when the USGA caved and cut the teeth of the course.

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    I would think Pebble would be the ideal place to go back to tight fairways, thick rough and fast but not baked greens. As long as they don't kill it like Oakmont, it should be the complete opposite of fast, dry, linksy, turtlebacks we've seen.
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    I'll believe they're serious when they actually do it.

    As for the USGA, I hope they ease up on the greens and then cut 10-yd wide fairways.
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