USGA on US Open greens: We might syringe the greens at Pebble Beach

USGA ready to avoid ongoing issues with its putting surfaces at a US Open. 

Andy Roberts's picture
Tue, 11 Jun 2019


In a bid to avoid the same issues at the 2010 US Open, the USGA has revealed it may syringe Pebble Beach's poa annua greens at this week's US Open should they become increasingly tougher to putt on in the forecast dry conditions. 


Controversy has been somewhat set in stone at a US Open in recent years, and last year's tournament at Shinnecock Hills proved no different with a number of players claiming the USGA "had lost the state of the greens."

Phil Mickelson, who is bidding to complete golf's career grand slam this week, was at the heart of the controversy in last year's championship when taking a two-stroke penalty for hitting a moving ball on the green. WATCH HERE

The USGA has only been forced into syringing greens between morning and afternoon waves on minimal occasion, one of which was in the final round of the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock Hills won by Retief Goosen.

Initial reaction to the condition of the greens at Pebble Beach this week, however, has been good thus far.

"Jordan [Spieth] said it's the best poa annua greens he's ever seen in his life," said Justin Thomas. "So that's saying something."


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