Back in my day...

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – One of the more interesting things to come out of pre-U.S. Open interviews Tuesday was Paul Casey’s account of his conversation with former touring pro Miller Barber, Mr. X. Casey said he ran into Barber on a range a couple of days ago and X enlightened him about diabolical Open setups of yesteryear.

“He said the rough was always a foot, two feet deep when he was playing,” Casey related.

Then there were the greens. Casey said Barber told of hitting an approach shot into the first hole that landed on the middle of the green and bounced over into crazy high rough.

“They looked for the golf ball and never found it,” Casey said.

Barber said he expressed dissatisfaction over such a setup and was told by the USGA man, “You should have struck it better.”

Which brings us to the current setup. The rough just off the fairway is playable. Under the direction of Mike Davis, the game is no longer one of hack-a-wedge-out.

“An absolutely brilliant setup this week,” Casey said.

– Jeff Rude

Posted June 16

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