Greens at Congressional Are Stressed
By mustang6560 on 6/15/11
The greens at Congressional Country Club are showing signs of stress after last week's temperatures in the Washington D.C. area reached as high as 101 degrees.
The grass on the fringe on hole 17, in particular, is turning brown and appears to be dying. Take a look.
The USGA stated that they plan to have the greens rolling at 14.5 on the stimpmeter by Thursday, but that seems too aggressive in my opinion. Based on the pictures Stephanie Wei posted, I can't imagine the greens would be able to handle 14.5.
Some players have voiced their concern about the brown spots and dead grass. The greens on the back nine are reported to be worse than the greens on the front. The U.S. Open is the hardest challenge in golf, but you would hate to see someone catch a bad break on something like a dead spot around the green.
The good news is the superintendent is watering the crap out of the greens in the final run-up to the start of the U.S. Open tomorrow. You wonder if they are going to add some green dye to cover up the brown spots that remain or if they will ask the TV to not get close up shots.
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