Steve Elling talks to the Players Champion and contender for this year's U.S. Open and Matt Kuchar sounds almost shocked at how firm Olympic was, even though he played there in '98.
“The greens on Wednesday were so firm, I saw some of the USGA guys out there on the course and I was telling them how amazed I was at how firm and fast it was,” Kuchar said by phone from California. “The greens were just, incredibly firm.
"Thursday, it seemed like they realized they were too firm, too early, and dumped some extra water to soften them up a little bit.”
Kuchar goes on to admit he was birdieless in his round.
But having been to the last two Opens at Olympic, I can confidently say it's arguably the firmest and fast U.S. Open venue due to the course being on an old sand dune.
It's also a reason I don't think there will be many drivers used there this year, something I wrote about for Golf World's preview issue.