The USGA, the organization who hosts the annual U.S. Open, has a reputation of creating extraordinarily difficult course set-ups. In fact, it prides itself on it.
With the U.S. Open set to tee off in less than two weeks, world No. 12 Adam Scott believes the USGA needs to stop being difficult, just for the sake of being difficult.
Scott thinks the USGA tries too hard to prepare golf courses for “brutal” conditions.
“Maybe it’s time to do away with the even-par target, just thinking about the bigger picture of the game of golf,” Scott said on Sunday after his final round at the Memorial.
- Adam Scott has 13 career PGA Tour victories, although he has never won the U.S. Open, with a high finish of T4 in 2015.
- Scott expressed a desire for the historically difficult tournament to be challenging and interesting, rather than “brutal”.
- Scott said that he believes the USGA has really “dropped the ball” over the past two decades.
- In the last 15 years, only Rory McIlroy (-16, 2011) has reached double-digits under-par.
- Last year’s U.S. Open winner, Dustin Johnson, finished at -4, one of just four players under par.
- The championships of 2006, 2007, 2012, and 2013 all featured an over-par winners.
- Scott will play practice rounds at Erin Hills on Monday and Tuesday, then fly to Memphis for the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
“If their major pinnacle event for them requires courses to be the way they are, it doesn’t set a good example for every other bit of golf that they try to promote. Maybe we should get the numbers out of our heads and try a new strategy.”