Gary Player has savaged Chambers Bay – calling this year’s US Open course potentially the worst he’s ever seen.
The Washington course has come in for fierce criticism since it was confirmed as hosting the event this weekend.
And with the players getting a go on it earlier in the week, they’ve continued to slam the state of the baked greens and rock-hard fairways.
But the harshest criticism came from golfing great Player who refused to hold back on his assessment.
The worst golf course I might’ve ever seen in the 63 years as a professional golfer… The USGA, who I admire and have chosen great golf courses in this great United States of America — they’re preaching speed of play. Enjoyment. User-friendly.
This golf course here, if you’re a 10-handicap, you couldn’t break 100 if you had the best day of your life. They’ve got pros putting from 20 feet and hitting the ball 20 foot to the right, a man misses the green by a yard and he’s 50 yards down in the valley. I mean I don’t understand it.
It’s 7,900 yards long. The world is in dire straits with water. Can you imagine the costs to maintain this? And it’s a public course, but they’ll probably charge the public $200 to play it. I’d like to challenge anyone with a 16 handicap to do better than 40 over par. It’s basically unplayable.
You can see Player’s rant in all its glory here:
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Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed currently lead the competition after going five-under par at the halfway stage.
But they’ll face a tough task holding on to that lead if the unpredictability of Chambers Bay continues over the weekend.