US Open at Congressional 7574 Yards, Par 71
By mustang6560 on 5/3/11
Graeme McDowell played a round at Congressional Country Club, the site of the 2011 US Open, yesterday ahead of media day. And he shared his experience with his Twitter followers.
10th and 18th greens at Congressional. 10th is now a 220 yard par 3. 18 is the old 17th.Why does the US Open insist on making the winner shoot at or above par? It seems ridiculous to me.
Hole four is a par 4 and will play 494 yards with a creek that runs down the right side of the fairway. The 18th is a 534 yard par 4. If they decide to, the 9th will play as a 636-yard par 5. Even Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson won't be able to reach that in two. I think I'm with Graeme on this one, I will be surprised if the winning score is sub-par.
I understand the desire from the perspective of a golf course to "Tiger-proof" it because you don't want someone to complete anihilate par. But from the perspective of the fans (and I am speaking for myself), I like to see a golfer come out and dominate. I don't want to watch my favorite golfer struggle. If I want to see a guy hack his way up and down the course I'll go play with my friends.
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