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Sunday
Jun182017

Video: "Better or worse? Change In The U.S. Open's Identity"

Mark Rolfing, Eamon Lynch, Gary Williams and yours truly debate on Morning Drive if the change to the U.S. Open's identity is for better or worse. Though if the final rounds early winds keep up, we may have been premature in having this discussion!

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Who is Eamon Lynch?
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterZimmer
The US Open is the one championship where the players really struggle, and it is so entertaining to watch (not this time, however). Through three rounds it's been kinda boring (easy setup etc). Justin Thomas was fun to watch but, so far, I'm underwhelmed. That could change in round four but we'll see. Looking forward to some real US Open courses like Shinnecock, Pebble Beach and Winged Foot soon......
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJames
With the wind and tough conditions today, it opens up the possibilities to about half the field. Even someone like Garcia at 4 under could sneak in with a good round.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGreg B.
For the golf geek, thst was great TV. Agree wih Geoff- USA desperately needed to get this week right.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAl
The three best players in the world missed the cut. Day missed badly.
Saturday the course was soft, and some really good players scored well.
Today will be different.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterZimmer
@zimmer - Eamon Lynch is former editor of golf.com and was with Golf Magazine for a number of years. Witty guy.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGreg B.
Tricking up courses is what USGA is all about ... just like their accounting and pathetic justification of a non-profit.
How drunk will that token broad be at the trophy presentation ? Will Mike ' I'm not a crook ' Davis sprint on to the final green and say ' look at me '
USGA is a Wall Street like fraud
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCouples
Players who can't work out risk reward were exposed. The bunkers and fescue are actually penal here. And it's possible to avoid it unlike 25 yard wide "US Open" fairways.

It's also fun to bring the US Open to courses the public can play and other parts of the country. USGA has to be a little more flexible to make it "the people's" Open.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDon
The U.S. Open has broken out today. The greens and the tee shots are both getting scary.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKS
The weather is such a huge indicator for how a championship golf course plays. Comments about the setup being too easy are just plain ignorant, like so many coming from ESPN and FOX anchors who just don't understand professional golf. Weather is the reason why St. Andrews can be a brute or quite frankly too easy for the modern player. And the experts can't really factor in weather when setting up a golf course because if the weather changes, which it has many times in major championships, then havoc can occur, both good and bad. For those that insist the U.S. OPEN has to be all about struggling please take a look at the overall championship and listen to the players. The greens were soft yesterday and that made a huge difference in scoring. Don't screw this one up Mike, IMO everything has been running smooth up to this point.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLema's Ghost
What makes this tournament distinct from a routine tour event?
The USGA flag on the flagpole and the attendant pressures. Also a new course. Other than that, you pound it, go find it then pound it again. There's no fear whatsoever. Even the tall fescue is not that big an issue.
The wind today will be harped on about endlessly, like it's Pebble Beach in 1992 all over again. In truth it means fewer birdies and a ton of routine pars. The occasional bogey will be treated like a dramatic, wholesale disaster. The announcers have no choice.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBobo
I'm pulling for Xander Schauffele just so I can watch Mrs. Murphy pronounce his name at the trophy presentation.
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPops
The US Open has been a perfect reflection of the state of golf.
Chasing an identity, forcing new venues in to the rotation, in part due to distance needed, but more importantly,to find venues with enough acreage to schmooze,sell, self promote, and feel more politically correct.
Much like the rest of the golf business, the USGA is trying to find a way to chase a new market, get buzz,mane find a way to be relevant,
All while missing the core of the job, run a good championship, get rulinngs made effectively, remember the winners actual name, and pick great golf course for, you know, the national championship.

I don't even like some of the people involved, but the US Open at LA country club could be awesome....just make the rough nasty, and greens fast....by the way, it's stupid hot in LA this weekend, after wet cool week. June's a weird one there
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterP Thomas
Pops-that made me chuckle!
06.18.2017 | Unregistered Commenterchico
"All while missing the core of the job, run a good championship, get rulinngs made effectively, remember the winners actual name, and pick great golf course for, you know, the national championship."

What part haven't they done this week P Thomas?
06.18.2017 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Harv talking previously mostly but Erin hills looks like a FedEx venue more than a us open to many.
I personally think it's boring as hell. Although bunched up on the board right now massively huge fairways and greens just seem meh. We will see if they can get the name of the winner correct or get through without a call in fiasco...still time!
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSmugprius
Thanks, Chico. Weather getting a bit warmer in Perthshire?
06.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPops
Pops, why do people with difficult last names choose equally unusual names for them: Not ''Robert, or David, but Xander? I knew a girl whose name was so awful she became ugly- weird...
not mean ugly, but ugly!

dig
06.19.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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