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U.S. Open 2023: Get your first look at the brutal LACC fairway people are calling ‘unfair’ and ‘absurd’

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There hasn’t been a U.S. Open in Los Angeles in nearly 70 years, and with such difficult conditions on the way at the Los Angeles Country Club, it may take that long to finish the upcoming major.

There has been a lot of hoopla about the PGA Tour’s compelling return to Tinseltown, but LACC isn’t going to be purely a grand ol’ time. The course is in peak form, which means that things are about to get hairy for the best players in the world. TaylorMade dropped a clip from the par-4 13th and if it’s a harbinger of things to come, we’re about to see a lot of crooked numbers.

I mean … look at that. “Just right of the center of the fairway” is a great tee shot on almost any course. LACC isn’t just any course.

The replies range from excitement to dread with perfect takeaways such as “can’t roll off the fairway if you never hit the fairway to begin with” to “at first, I thought that was a green” to “just need to add a windmill to putt through…”

Needless to say, if you’re a fan of chaotic golf, you’re in for a hell of a week. If you’re rooting for guys to go low, however, you’re about to be sorely disappointed.