Go home, short hitters
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Was walking by the Bethpage Black putting green when I spotted a Ryder Cup player and yelled out, “Hey, does a medium-length hitter have a chance to win this week?”
Before he could answer, his caddie chimed in with, “Yeah, he has a chance. It’s called no chance.”
The player and caddie bemoaned the U.S. Open setup and supported the theory that about 10 guys have a chance to win because the 7,426-yard Black is wet and is only going to get wetter (and thus play longer) because rain is forecast for all four tournament days.
When told that long hitter Paul Casey called the setup brilliant, the caddie said, “Of course he did. He’s one of the 10.”
If they are right, and the ballpark eliminates the medium hitter like Jim Furyk, often thought of as a prototypical U.S. Open player, then that’s not only a problem, it’s a bit of a travesty.