In episode 22 of the PostCast, Cassie and Sean turn their attention to the 117th playing of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. Bob Estes, a four-time PGA Tour winner and a 15-time U.S. Open contestant, joined the show to share some insight on what it is like to play in America’s national championship.
When asked about how the USGA sets up U.S. Open courses, Estes pointed out that their philosophy of protecting par sometimes sends conditions over the edge:
“At times obviously it’s gotten a little bit out of hand,” he said. “Like at Shinnecock whatever year that was, the greens got so dried and so fast and we were basically just putting on dirt.”
After controversy plagued the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and Oakmont, the USGA is hoping for things to go smoothly at Erin Hills this week. They have already decided to mow some fescue areas, a decision that may have been aided by some harsh remarks from players such as Kevin Na (watch video) stemming from their practice rounds.
“The thing is, even though they are mowing some of that, it’s still going to be really thick rough,” Estes said. “When the rough gets that long, the opportunity for injury to a wrist or shoulder is real … players are going to end up in that thick stuff and they still might not find some of those golf balls.”
Also in this episode, Cassie and Sean discuss who they like to win and what else to expect from Erin Hills this week.
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