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If the usga followed their rules they would have had to disqualified themselves and Michelson. Also the course is not the same in the afternoon as it is in the morning. Just enough moisture to get thru the morning. Before TV $ the leaders earned the right to tee off in morning like most things golf the lower score earns the honors.

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As a gentleman Phil made his point and then should have withdrawn.

A flip of the coin and start times should not dictate outcomes. Admittedly, I haven’t seen the analysis but did one group outperform the other? Setup needs to primarily reduce the variations to a degree possible between the earl-late and late-early groups. If the course is that on the edge, changes in conditions unfairly penalize one group over another.

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At the risk of sounding simplistic, I have been playing the game as long as Gary Player (we were at prep school together and continued right through high school) which put me in an almost forgotten era and the first rule i ever was taught is "Play the ball as it lies". Having said this it makes no difference if the course/s are easy or tough - just remember that it's the same for everybody!
Brooks Koepka won, simply because he never took his eye off the finishing post and that is the main component of "being competitive".
I say: "Don't lay blame with the USGA

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Well said! A very disappointing tournament thanks to ridiculous pin placements combined w/wind

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It's the ball! The U.S.G.A. could have the manufacturers make Open balls that go the distance that the balls traveled the distance that balls traveled when the older courses opened. Simple done deal.

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I think the USGA course solution is simpler than all the comments and opinions suggest. I believe the USGA should set up a golf course as hard and tough as possible to test the best player. I don't care if the greens become as hard a airport runways and don't hold one bit. BUT GOLF GREENS ARE GREENS - AND THEY SHOULD STAY GREEN, NOT BROWN. As long as the USGA keeps the greens green they should make it as hard as humanly possible. If I were a member of the host club, I would be quite angry that the USGA almost killed off my club's greens to manipulate an artificial outcome. It is not that complicated.

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On that same note, the USGA turned a beautiful course (Chambers Bay) into a dirt track for there own sake. I agree, hard and fast but green greens.
USGA owes a lot to the game.

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The pros & PGA tour hate that the US Open isn't run by them.

So they do their utmost to whine, bitch, & moan, esp about the course selected for them to play. 20 years ago they whined, bitched & moaned about the collars of rough around the greens, saying it took the art of chipping out of their hands. Fast forward to the present day & the collars of rough around the greens have gone, to be replaced with fringes & run-off areas.
For sure an opportunity to showcase their chipping skills, but they still whine, bitch & moan.

Pros won't be happy until they run the T'ment & can set the courses up to manufacture winning scores of 20+ under par.

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I have played in a few USGA run tournaments. They are run by volunteers and amateurs...and it shows. Give someone a little bit of power and they will exert it. That is what happened here. Artificial manipulatuon of a normally already difficult course was unneccessary. We all think we play the same courses as the pros. Think again.

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The USGA elites will never accept their U. S. Open failures. Tricking up the great courses of yesteryear will never provide venues to match modern equipment. I was among the patrons left in the cold waiting for one of too few shuttles at the previous Pebble Open. It was instructive to observe the blue jackets enter limos and get wisked past us. The USGA operates not for its members, nor golf fans, nor professionals, but for the few at the top. We peasants can only hope that this royal group will one day be replaced.

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Great article. This is the best information and interruption of what happened at the U S Open. As far as Phil is concerned it is my opinion he made two mistakes, #1 he never should done what he did and #2 he just should have said "I was frustrated and I lost control". It was when he started trying to justify what he did, talking about saving strokes is when it when all down hill.