Phil Mickelson - How would you interpret his putting a moving ball on the 13th at recent The US Open?
Phil Mickelson reiterated Monday night that he is sorry for his actions on the third day of the U.S. Open. He also hopes that there will come a time when everyone will be able to laugh about it. But, today Fairweather Golf want to know what you think about it?
Firstly, let's take a look.
As any keen golfer who watches golf knows, the US Open is notorious for being set up extremely challenging. The worlds best professional golfers will play a course that will boast the longest rough, narrowest fairways and longest holes. Par 3’s can stretch to 250 plus yards and Par 4 holes will often be five hundred and something yards. This recent US Open was played at Shinnecock Hills in New York. Often categorised as an “American Links” type course as the rolling hills and long wispy rough gives it that look and feel. Firm, fast greens that only get quicker as the week goes on make for a true test of the golfers patience as well as skill.
Phil Mickelson hit a moving ball on the 13th during the 3rd round. He had come off a run of bogies after starting his third round well and getting an early eagle. In a later interview when asked about this two shot penalty action, was he being “disrespectful” to the USGA in an event of this calibre? Or do you think he just got very frustrated with how difficult the course had become? He openly admitted that hitting the ball on the move prevented it from rolling into a potentially hazardous position, that could have lead to gaining more than 2 further strokes. So was he bending to the rules to the point of cheating? Hold those thoughts for a second.
Looking forward to the Open.
Moving swiftly to Carnoustie next month and The Open Championship in Scotland. Carnoustie arguably is the hardest of Open Championship venues, being both very long and exposed to very high winds. Factor in this run of hot summer weather and factor in the controversial US Open Set Up and you might have slightly worried minds at the head of the R and A. Do you all think that golf courses should just play natural to the conditions and not be set up purposefully very hard? Are longer holes and narrow fairways enough for difficulty? Do tournament organisers go to unnecessary lengths to make golf courses just too difficult now? Do viewers like seeing the best golfers in the world make bogeys and more than 90% of the field over par after 4 rounds?
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