Should the USGA have brought out the hoses and hit the greens with water mid-round?
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Yes 61%635 
No 39%412 
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 Posted by M Morrow  June 19, 2018 at 10:37 pmFrom: (GB)   Report Abuse 
When will the powers that be learn that golf is a game best played in it's raw state - what is wrong with players, is there no level to which they will not cheat to gaining advantage over others. Low scores achieved by having an unfair advantage is still cheating - That is why we have more players today than golfers, because so many are willing to obtain/seek that advantage - the sad part is they don't see its as being wrong, - then as I mentioned above that is why we have so few golfers but so many players - no self-respect
 Posted by steveee  June 19, 2018 at 6:10 amFrom: NY (US)   Report Abuse 
Mickelson action was appropriate, it was a shock to the golf ELITE. they are used to the criticism, but Mick turned it all on its head, 'hey gang this is a US Open ??, it's one step from clowns and windmills at the putt putt'. Leave the great courses alone, the speed is out of hand, and that includes non tournament weekend golf, where putts go off greens, HA HA, no fun and no growth for the sport. Poor shlub takes 3-4 shots to get on green, and then he's off the green or 4 putts, grow the game? are you kidding?
 Posted by Bud  June 18, 2018 at 8:52 amFrom: VA (US)   Report Abuse 
Softening the greens mid-round penalizes the players who played before the watering. All players should play the same course!
     Posted by Ally P in reply to Bud  June 19, 2018 at 1:30 amFrom: (GB)   Report Abuse 
    That is the point - those starting at 2.00 played on much faster greens than those starting hours earlier
     Posted by Bud in reply to Bud  June 18, 2018 at 8:53 amFrom: VA (US)   Report Abuse 
    I wish that I could still post comments on Shack's web site. The new site change killed commenting.
 Posted by Mark  June 18, 2018 at 1:42 amFrom: OK (US)   Report Abuse 
I feel that the USGA must defer to the local greenskeeping crew to decide how to keep the greens healthy AND to provide the best and fastest putting surface possible. After all, the local guys know their own greens better than the USGA and their crew of agronomists from New Jersey. The USGA tells the crew how fast they want the greens during the tournament and leave it up to them to keep them that way.
 Posted by Ally P  June 18, 2018 at 1:34 amFrom: (GB)   Report Abuse 
Where the risk of losing greens is high they should be lightly watered every hour to try and maintain some kind of consistent surface - not perfect but better than leaving them to dry out for 10 hours
 Posted by Tom Ferris  June 18, 2018 at 12:25 amFrom: TN (US)   Report Abuse 
I agree with David Duval. It’s time the USGA reaches out to the pga tour or euro tour for help setting up a course for s tournament. They do it every week. The understand weather, pin placement, and the changes that come from the morning rounds to the afternoon rounds.
 Posted by Irf  June 17, 2018 at 7:02 pmFrom: CA (US)   Report Abuse 
Agree with you Geoff. In basketball they have towel boys on-hand to help keep the court dry. Golf is too stuck in its ways.
 Posted by OLGRNKPR  June 17, 2018 at 3:14 pmFrom: MT (US)   Report Abuse 
Why not manage the grass as a sustainable putting green surface as opposed to putting it on life support and suffering the inevitable consequences? There's no doubt putting on dirt is faster than putting on healthy, growing, grass. Make your choice and live with the consequences.
 Posted by Ken Kuhlman  June 17, 2018 at 1:00 pmFrom: NC (US)   Report Abuse 
The course should be set up for all conditions and the USGA and Mike Davis blew it. Today was fine,except for the problem of fairways being to wide. This was another major fail by the USGA and in my opinion Davis needs to go.
 Posted by Ray Scott  June 17, 2018 at 12:38 pmFrom: (AU)   Report Abuse 
Golf has changed since the behaviour of Phil on Sat.He should be suspended. He did not break a rule because nobody thought a player could ever think of doing what he did at all let alone on live TV in the US open.
     Posted by Ben in reply to Ray Scott  June 18, 2018 at 2:54 amFrom: GA (US)   Report Abuse 
    But it had happened twice before during the US Open.
 Posted by John C.  June 17, 2018 at 9:14 amFrom: OH (US)   Report Abuse 
The advent of television changed when the leaders tee off. ( last out ) Now, other than the advantage of getting more sleep, the leaders get stuck hitting into crispy greens and needing to putt on beat up greens greens that especially around the cup after the play in the third and final rounds. Random draw on the pairings won’t happen but at least the leaders would have a chance at getting out early. I know it won’t happen because of the tv$$$.
 Posted by John C.  June 17, 2018 at 9:11 amFrom: OH (US)   Report Abuse 
The advent of television changed when the leaders tees off. Now, other than getting more sleep, the leaders have to play on greens that get beat up especially around the cup after the play in the third and final rounds. Random draw on the pairings won’t happen but at least the leaders would have a chance at getting out early. I know it won’t happen because of the tv$$$.
 Posted by Will  June 17, 2018 at 8:55 amFrom: (AU)   Report Abuse 
You can't use football or baseball as a comparison, as both teams are still competing after the surface has been altered, unlike golf.
 Posted by Charlie Bell  June 17, 2018 at 5:18 amFrom: CT (US)   Report Abuse 
What's wrong with having slow greens? Let the grass grow.
 Posted by Gary C  June 17, 2018 at 5:00 amFrom: NY (US)   Report Abuse 
When do you decide to water? When you water how is that fair to the group that played right before the watering.
 Posted by Ken Moum  June 17, 2018 at 3:21 amFrom: KS (US)   Report Abuse 
I can't understand how they think that a golf course on sand, with wind and low humidity, can be the same over the length of a championship day without putting down water.

Syringing is common practice under those conditions. If they put down enough water for it to be playable yesterday afternoon, it would have been soft as hell in the morning.

The real solution is for the golf industry to get over it's intoxication with technology and today's mowers and just set the height of cut up a few thousandths.
 Posted by George Murray  June 17, 2018 at 3:14 amFrom: (GB)   Report Abuse 
At half time in top class Football games they often put the sprinklers on to ensure that the grass permits the ball to move quicker and to assist the players. If they can stop golf tournaments for lightning why would it be so problematic to stop play for a period and water the greens. Yesterday was a joke - great shots were being punished and skill was not being rewarded.

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