Thoughts on the 2018 U.S. Open Championship
Wow, the summer heat has arrived in full force! Even the US Open felt the full force of weather. Of course everyone has asked me about the Phil Mickelson ruling. The first thing I would say is that it is very disappointing that Phil made this decision. Even though he did not break the rules of golf in my opinion, it was very unprofessional and something that will scar his image for the rest of his career. Enough said!
On the other hand having played in five US Opens, with a 14thplace finish at Plainfield Country Club, I can say first hand these course set-ups are nothing new for the USGA. They are all about hard, fast greens with tough pin placements and any challenging weather can tip the scales to the unfair side. The warm weather and high winds totally made Shinnecock unplayable during the afternoon of the third round and totally took the afternoon players out of the tournament or at the minimal brought the morning wave of players closer to the top. Not to leave out the first two days where the tournament lost many of the top players for the weekend due to the high winds that also dried the putting surfaces out.
I think the USGA forgets we are trying to grow the game and fans love to see players hitting great shots and playing great golf. I am sure the viewership went down this weekend with many of the top players not playing on the weekend and that could be a good thing because golf is not as hard as they made it look. So for the everyday golfer keep enjoying the game and be glad you do not have to play under those conditions. For the tour professionals please remember you are ALWAYS role models for our junior golfers and think before you act.
Congratulations to Brooks Koepka for winning back to back US Opens and that is impressive!