Justin Rose claimed the PGA’s U.S. Open on Sunday an even par 70 fourth round that put him at +1 over par for the tournament and was good enough for the win. The bigger story is that the PGA has gone too far with the U.S. Open.
In most other PGA tournaments winners usually finish well under par. Even the U.S. Open itself in the past was the same way. However, something happened prior to the 2005 U.S. Open that has many screaming that the PGA has gone too far with the U.S. Open.
Since 2005 only three of the nine U.S. Open winners finished under par for the tournament. The other six the winners were even par or worst for the tournament.
In other words the U.S. Open has become a tournament of who screws up the least.
According to Yahoo, Phil Mickelson was caught on audio yelling at a USGA official on how the tee placements for the par 3 third were horrendous. Mickelson is one of the easiest going golfers on the tour as he is usually seen laughing and smiling. To have Mickelson gripe over something related to the course is a pretty damning statement on how poorly the tournament is being run.
Golf fans want to see players make great plays to win a tournament. Not watch a bunch of pros that look like amateurs who have been drinking prior to tee time.
One fact that I learned about today took me aback. Prior to today, since the tournament was first held in 1895 there has never been a hole in one. That’s right, in over 100 tournaments there has never been a hole in one prior to Sunday’s hole in one by Shawn Stefani on the 17th hole.
Seriously, if it wasn’t for Tiger Woods who be watching it?
Nobody, because the PGA has gone too far with the U.S. Open and have made it a mockery of a tournament that it once was.
By: Paul Kasprzak