Was Thursday’s U.S. Open setup too straightforward? Tour Confidential


Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele chat after every firing a 62 in the course of the first spherical of the U.S. Open.

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The U.S. Open kicked off with a bang Thursday. Rickie Fowler shot 62. Two teams later, Xander Schauffele shot 62. The afternoon wave got here up with two 64s and two 65s. This isn’t precisely the sort of scoring we’re used to at this championship. So…was the preliminary setup too straightforward?

Zephyr Melton, assistant editor (@zephyrmelton): LACC had loads of hype within the lead as much as this championship, and many individuals seemingly conflated the concept of a good golf course with the concept of a onerous golf course. From the beginning, we knew there can be loads of birdie alternatives on the North Course. We additionally thought there can be huge numbers lurking, however on Thursday, that didn’t precisely pan out. Sure, a pair of U.S. Open scoring data and the bottom opening-round scoring common in championship historical past is unbecoming of the U.S. Open’s burly popularity, however scores are unlikely to be this low all week. John Bodenhamer has a behavior of throwing out the simplest setup on Day 1, but when current historical past is any indication, the course will present extra tooth because the week wears on.

James Colgan, information and options editor (@jamescolgan26): Uhh, yeah. The golf was nice, however I by no means wish to see a participant pull the string on an strategy shot at a U.S. Open once more. Agency this dangerous boy up. Let these tooth present. We’ll all be higher for it.

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Josh Sens, senior author (@joshsens): Sure. Give the folks what they need, which is punishment. Nevertheless it was additionally an ideal storm. Extensive fairways. Calm winds. Marine layer. Some pleasant gap places. I heard credible predictions early this week that the profitable rating could possibly be as little as minus 18. Let’s hope not. And I doubt it. Issues will toughen up over the weekend. Greens will get firmer. Targets harder. They nonetheless must get a full discipline across the course in an affordable period of time on Friday. After the reduce, we’ll get extra of what we anticipate from a U.S. Open. However the profitable rating will nonetheless be double-digits beneath par. 

Jack Hirsh, assistant editor, (@JR_HIRSHey): Low scoring on a golf course is a product of the climate greater than anything. The USGA arrange the course anticipating for the solar to interrupt by way of the marine layer. That didn’t occur, plus there was some misting within the morning, so we by no means acquired these crusty, baked out circumstances we wished. The USGA will definitely transfer the tees again on these monstrous par-3s and tuck the pins to actually induce some carnage with the identical forecast anticipated tomorrow. Situations are imagined to get drier for the weekend and I nonetheless don’t suppose we’ll see a profitable rating higher than 5 – 6 beneath. Let the professionals have their enjoyable as we speak, however I personally really feel dangerous for what they may should endure the subsequent three days. It could be a very completely different golf course by the tip of the week.

Dylan Dethier, senior author (@dylan_dethier): The golf course rocks. I need some extra insanity, for certain — not a single spherical within the 80s?! Nevertheless it nonetheless delivered loads of fascinating variance. Fowler, as an example, beat his taking part in companions Jason Day and Justin Rose by 11 and 14, respectively. It nonetheless did a rattling good job of figuring out the blokes in charge of their ball. Onward!

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