US Open Controversy Swirling Around The Fescue At Erin Hills With USGA Deciding To Cut Back The Unplayable Grass Ahead Of Match Play On Thursday
The US Open is this weekend at Erin Hills, and with one of golf’s majors ahead of us the US Golf Association decided to make the course a bit easier for PGA Tour golfers.
Groundskeepers spent all of Tuesday morning cutting back the thick fescue in the rough of Holes 4, 12, 14, and 18 after they had a meeting with USGA officials.
This decision comes after several golfers complained about the conditions of the fescue including Kevin Na who took to social media with a video on Monday showing how his ball got stuck and eventually lost in the thick grass.
“Every hole we’ve got this,” said Na. “Every hole.”
Not all golfers are happy about the cutting back of the fescue though with Rory McIlroy essentially calling those who end up in the fescue poor golfers.
“Really?” he said. “We have 60 yards from left line to right line. You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here. If we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”
The course at Erin Hills is only 11 years old and this weekends US Open is the first Major it is hosting. The course is essentially links style with very thick roughs complementing wide fairways.
“These are the widest fairways we’ve ever played in a US Open,” McIlroy said. “Even the first and second cut is another 10 yards on top of that.
“So if you’ve got 50 or 60 yards to hit into and you’re complaining about the fescue that’s wider than that, I don’t think that’s an issue.”
The designer of the course Hurdzan Golf Design, had some helpful advice for Na, “Don’t Hit The Rough“.
The 2017 US Open Tees off on Thursday at 7:45 a.m. As of right now the betting favorite is Dustin Johnson (+700) followed by McIlroy (+1200).