Reply To: USGA at the US Open – Did they botch it?

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Eric Crawford Eric Crawford
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My personal opinion is that the there is this mindset that the USGA needs to host an event that is the toughest that the players will face all year. While this is admirable and respectable I think that if any event coordinator attempts to setup a course for an annual event (that rotates each year) to try to get the outcome of the score of the winner (e.g. +1, Even, etc.) then you can put the course in jeopardy. This methodology is backwards, how about challenge and quality first and the scores happen how they happen. There shouldn’t be such a thing as “the scores were too low” entering the minds of the event coordinator. Lastly, if the course has to be taken to a point where it is no longer a course for a while after an event, then one of two things is apparent: first, the course may not be the right venue; or second committee is pushing the course past its limits for ulterior motives.

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