It’s one of the greatest weeks of the year in the world of golf. It’s US Open week. Oh and it’s Fathers Day weekend just to cap it all off.
This year, the US Open is played at Shinnecock Hills in Long Island, and if you follow golf, you know the last time the US Open was played here in 2004, it was a total disaster when it came to the greens. The 7th green was unplayable with it being dried out by the wind, then mistakenly double cut and rolled on Saturday. The tournament attempted to put water on the green between groups to soften it up, but it didn’t help. Players weren’t able to keep the ball on the green with chips and even putts. (This video below shows just how insane it was back in 2004)
This year, the USGA claims they have dialed in the issue using technology that wasn’t available back in 2004. Today, they have devices that can tell how a ball will react when it hits the green and more accurate water meters to make sure the green doesn’t dry out. But it looks like this year’s US Open will still be all about position on these greens as they are still lightning fast.
Check out this video from Jeff Smith (@radargolfpro) dropping a ball at the back of the 18th, and then watching it roll, roll and roll some more off the front edge…
The US Open is all about hitting it straight, I don’t know when in time it turned into making the greens as fast as glass. I want to see players having to wedge it out of lies that would give them nightmares. No one wants to see these players look like amateurs on the putting green, they want to the best players in the world fairly tested. It’s going to be a crazy week, and I can’t wait to watch it all unfold.