This Year’s U.S. Open in Oakmont Could Be the Hardest Due to Rough and Greens

This Year’s U.S. Open in Oakmont Could Be the Hardest Due to Rough and Greens

With the U.S. Open week already started, on Sunday, player reviews also began to gladden as the players go head to head at Oakmont Country Club this week. Furthermore, with the right execution, even online golf odds could adjust to the assumption that the U.S. Open is the greatest golf event globally.

In a deeper perspective, the true nature of the U.S. Open demonstrates that anyone can join the championship if they have a 1.4 handicap or higher. Nearly all the tee sheet editions have fresh player that many fans will never see again and almost every warrior has tasted success every weekend at the amateur or collegiate level. Such players remain hopeful to finish T-128 and discuss their experience with their workmates later. Many people would hysterically laugh at those talking about playing in The Masters because it is barely has any key competitive golfer.

Several reasons make such a situation awkwardly farfetched. However, the USGA's signature championship is an event that tests every perspective of American golf. Even though most top players might see this as a mockery, many tour venues usually ensure they include an exceptional player in at least one area of the golf game. This is why the U.S. Open is golf’s most difficult test since it calls for brilliant performance.

If the golf course has a fair set up, then it is enjoyable to see top golfers in the world toiling to crack a difficult test. Last year, the USGA gave us the perfect example of messing the course agronomy and setup at Chambers Bay, which resulted in a disastrous championship. Traditionally, the USGA has constantly called for firmness when setting up the greens and the extensive Chambers Bay needed such a trait to protect itself. With the intention of protecting scoring, weeks before the event, the management significantly reduced watering the golf course. With no rain in May and June 2015, the scorching heat hardened the grasses on the course, which led to firm fairways.

Such developments puts forward two issues surrounding USGA setups, especially when it comes to the demand to protect scoring and guarantee an appealing score in the U.S. Opens, and Mike Davis & Co. First, many competitive golfers have no difficulty playing on several top-class golf courses. Therefore, upgrading them to the standards advocated by the USGA calls for restructuring the courses completely. Secondly, restructuring these courses few weeks prior to the tournament eliminates any error with the weather forecast.

For a record ninth time, Oakmont will host the U.S. Open, which is an achievement that separates it from Chambers Bay. The course qualifies for high scores because it constantly punishes the right things. Many golfers have complained about bumpy greens at Chambers Bay. These elements usually affect both good shots and bad shots. At Oakmont, players will probably complain about the span of the rough.

Stiffening the USGA golf course could leave a tiny margin of error, which could turn an enjoyable championship into a disappointing show due to unfavorable weather conditions. With this week still experiencing high winds and hot temperatures, players will be forced to make lateral shots instead of the typical vertical ones. With Oakmont already perceived as the most difficult course to play in, such weather conditions, encourage high historical scores.

Undoubtedly, golfers will have their tough moments and wow moments, but it is important to ask whether the conditions would be fair for every player. In 1903 when Oakmont was opened, the high winds made it difficult even to putt, which could demand play stoppage like it happened in the British Open Championship last year.

However, both fans and players should note the good news that scoring conditions should improve theoretically, this week. Weather forecast shows that the speed of wind could drop, with rainfall on Thursday and Friday to help in softening the golf course and making a more receptive green. On the other hand, wet conditions at Oakmont could lead to birdies and wrist injuries when attempting to direct a ball beyond the rough. Even if the scoring conditions remain perfect this week, the USGA will have a difficult time to determine the best player this week in the U.S. Open championship.

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