The inside story of Congressional Country Club

Bob Warters's picture
Tue, 14 Jun 2011


He revealed recently: "It was a good course you could fall asleep on. It required good shot, after good shot, after good shot without much variety.

"Now they've made it interesting but it's still a long, tough course."

Among other new features are a finishing hole on what used to be the downhill par-4 17th, where Els finally held off Colin Montgomerie with a par to the Scotsman's bogey.

What used to be anti-clmactic the par-3 18th is now the first hole on the back nine, though half the field this week - including the top three in the world rankings - will be starting on the 10th on Thursday and hoping to get their round off with a solid par.

"One thing we really worked hard on is trying to continue to make sure that the US Open is the hardest test the players see each year. Maybe we don't get it every year, but we try," said the USGA's senior Rules guru, Mike Davis. "We wanted to do that and make it fair, where good shots were rewarded and bad ones were penalised."

And with the re-laid greens and the yardages being changed for every hole on each round, Davis and Rees Jones aim to make the players think more.

"When they think more, I think they play better,” said Rees Jones.

Added one observer: "It's clear that they will be encountering something most of us mere mortals wouldn’t be able to handle - unless we opt not to keep score!"

Maybe on this occasion, Tiger Woods might be grateful that he only has his TV remote to control.



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