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This Thursday (15/06/17) sees 156 players take part in the 117th US Open at Erin Hills; however, there have been some mixed opinions amongst some of Golf’s biggest names.
World number 2 Rory Mcilroy has criticised the USGA decision to cut the long rough on four holes two days before the start of the tournament. The decision was made based on weather and not from player feedback according to the USGA.
Mcilroy said “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here, if we can’t hit within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”
Rory went on to say “I get that it’s thick and whatever, but it’s a hazard. It’s a US Open; it’s supposed to be a tough test. And if guys can’t put it into play within a 50-yard zone I don’t think they’ve got much to complain about.”
Jordan Speith echoed what Mcilroy thoughts by saying “We have a wide enough area to hit and you need to drive the ball well in order to win a US Open. I think that’s a fair thing to say.”
Not all the competitors however felt the same; Kevin Na was particularly frustrated about the setup of the Golf course. A video was uploaded to Instagram whereby the world number 68 took two attempts at hitting his ball in the rough barely moving it. “Why can’t we have a lot of the past US Open winners get together and set up a major? I’d like to see that happen.” Na said.
A rather humorous reply was posted on twitter from course designers Hurdzan Golf “Dear Kevin, Don’t hit in the rough. Problem solved. Sincerely, Planet Earth. P.S. Fairway width at Erin Hills is 2-3 times most PGA Tour stops.”