Jim Furyk states the obvious everyone has forgotten at U.S. Open: Oakmont members are all probably terrible
OAKMONT, Pa. - If you’ve been watching enough U.S. Open coverage, by now you know the Oakmont Country Club membership is proud of it’s difficult golf course. They even say it’s harder on a daily basis than it is at the Open and the USGA actually makes it easier for the coddled pros.
“Saying that the greens are made slower for the U.S. Open…that’s overplayed,” said a skeptical Furyk.
“99% of the members out here probably can’t even play this golf course very well. They probably can’t finish.”
Eureka! Could you imagine some of these members trying to compete out here this week? They’d run home off their own golf course with their tails between their legs.
Kudos to Furyk for bringing this overzealous membership down to earth.
Even if they are playing a harder golf course than the U.S. Open, what does that mean? Anyone can play a hard golf course. I shot over 100 at PGA venue Whistling Straits a few weeks back. The only bragging rights this gives me is saying I played a hard golf course the pros play in a major.
Surely Oakmont’s members are playing from shorter tees, taking putts inside the leather, mulligans and cheating on their handicap like every other country club in the world. You think they’re hacking it out of the supposedly 7-inch high rough day-in, day-out?
I smell preferred lies…
Right after, a reporter asked him the week’s biggest cliche - one I was ranting on about before the tournament even began:
“Do you think Oakmont resembles the hard working people of Pittsburgh?”
Furyk looked at him blank-eyed, but gave him a polite response.
“I’ll let you make those comparisons,” he said.
Mickelson dropped a few more gems at his presser afterwards again. Stay tuned for more on what the players are saying about today’s course set up and high scores at WorldGolf.com.
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