U.S. Open Reads: Late Sunday Edition

us open icon.jpgMike Dudurich in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on the contingent from 2007 host site Oakmont visiting Winged Foot.

Advances in technology and the improved athleticism and talents of the players have forced changes in golf courses, but, in Oakmont's case, it's also going to force an adjustment in the practice range.

"We have to determine whether our range is long enough, whether we have to think about putting a net up at the end of the range to protect No. 17," Pohl said. "It's very much different from when we hosted the Open in 1994."

Must be the grooves.

Corey Kilgannon talks to "Privacy" onlookers and the NY Times runs a photo of the huge boat.


Anthony Cotton catches up with Dan Jenkins who moans about technology and the BCS. My man!

I hate what equipment has done to the game. I'm old-fashioned. I just think style and technique should be more important than driving it 350 yards, making a putt and "See you on the next tee." That's what the tour game has become because of equipment. It makes great old courses outdated. You can't have a U.S. Open anymore without an extra course to store all the hospitality tents.
Dan O'Neill answers the question of who exactly Kenneth Ferrie is.

Paul Forsyth in the Sunday Times on the criticism of the USGA and course this week. 
Their new man in charge of setting up the course, Mike Davis, has begun his tenure with a welcome nod to fairness and a refreshing attempt to ensure that plodders are not the only players rewarded at the US Open.

Davis, though, has two reasons for keeping a lid on the stimpmetre. The last thing he wants is another fiasco involving glass-like greens such as those his predecessor, Tom Meeks, presided over at Shinnecock Hills and Olympic Club. And on elevated putting surfaces that take a severe dive from back to front and have more ebb and flow than the Hudson River, it would be unreasonable to quicken the pace. Balls are already taking a ghoulish pleasure in rolling off on to the front fringe.