Re: 2013 Golf Season Thread
This tournament highlighted one of the downsides to the USGA approach. The 18th hole didn't have a birdie in the last 2 rounds. So here you have Mickelson standing on 18 needing a birdie to tie, yet we knew there was no chance it could happen. To me, that's going too far and makes for boring golf. They need to find a little more balance between requiring precision and allowing a player an opportunity to take a risk if he needs to make a birdie or two.
These types of setups claim to to be the best test of golf. I don't think that's necessarily true. It a great test of what the USGA wants to test, but I don't think it's the best test of a golfer's overall skill top to bottom. Some golfers are skilled in being able to pull off high risk shots under Sunday pressure at a major. That's one of the great tests of skill in golf for me. Do you have the guts to hit a bold shot with that much pressure. Few do. With a setup like the USGA seems to have about half the time, it doesn't test this at all. There's really no chance to do any of this.
It's pretty much entirely about not hitting a bad shot instead of trying to hit a great one. Some love this, some don't. I'm one who doesn't enjoy it much.
Grape works as a soda. Sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie. - Larry David