Editors' BlogJune 13, 2007

Huggan v. The USGA

U.S. Opens are so narrow that straight hitters almost lose their advantage. Everyone is in the rough. I'm used to that. -Geoff Ogilvy

No one quite goes off on the USGA and its Open set-ups like our European Correspondent John Huggan. Huggy is at it again today on Golf Observer with the suggestion that the Oakmont set-up is far too closely resembles disasters past. __So it's no surprise, this early in US Open week, that most of the talk is of the course rather than the upcoming championship.

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Has Oakmont, almost universally feared and revered as the toughest, most brutal and most unforgiving track on the US Open rota, been prepared in a way that will allow the best to prosper? Or has the USGA blindly done what it normally does and eliminated any semblance of strategy and flair in a misguided effort to make America's national championship 'fair,' while at the same time producing a winning score some way north of par? Sadly, the initial signs are that the latter policy has yet again reared its tedious head.

Worth a read. As is John's interview with Champion Geoff Ogilvy in our Open section.

--Bob Carney

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