US Open

Shin­necock Hills, New York, June 14-17

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The last time the US Open was held at Shin­necock Hills in 2004, the 7th green had to be wa­tered mid­way through the fi­nal round be­cause it was too dry, firm and fast to be playable. The USGA will be des­per­ate to avoid a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion this year af­ter fur­ther course-re­lated con­tro­ver­sies at Cham­bers Bay (shock­ing greens) and Erin Hills (bru­tal rough that was stripped back the week of the event).

Af­ter a some­what fal­low pe­riod be­tween 2001 and 2014 when they only won five of the 14, the Amer­i­cans have come back strongly in their home Open with Jor­dan Spi­eth, Dustin John­son and Brooks Koepka tak­ing the spoils over the last three years. For the record, South Africa’s Retief Goosen won with -4 in 2004.

Koepka’s -16 win­ning score last year will surely have an­noyed the USGA, who treat level par like the Holy Grail. Will they learn from past mis­takes, or are they go­ing to ‘trick up’ Shin­necock Hills in an at­tempt to pro­tect par? Too of­ten in re­cent years the USGA have got it wrong. Let’s hope they ap­ply some com­mon sense and present a course that tests the world’s best, while also pro­vid­ing a fair and playable lay­out on which they can show­case their tal­ents to the world.

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