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Pretty compact leader board: -11 currently leads with a projected cut of -4 (83 players currently)...119 under par and within 10 shots. Looks like 66 guys are at -5 or better (4 of the -5 still on the course) with 7 guys at -4 with holes remaining in round 2. Unlikely, but if 4+ of the guys at -4 make it to -5, there could be some unhappy guys finished at -4 who go to bed tonight (assuming round 2 doesn't get completed) thinking they will play the weekend only to find...
Maybe, maybe not. Isn't Romo close to a scratch who has tried to qualify for the US Open. Assuming they started playing together a few years ago when Jordan was in HS, Romo's ego may not have let him ask for shots from a HS kid and/or he figured that he didn't mind losing a few bucks to a HS kid in an effort to test his game- what might have been too high for Jordan to count in HS might have been chump change for Romo.I have a friend who might be a similar golfer to Romo...
Wonder what age he started gambling on the golf course?  For me, I recall it being around 14 and in many ways I think it is good prep for tournament golf.
 I honestly don't know what the formatting issue was...to me, my last post looks the same as when I posted it (but thanks for correcting if something was wrong).  I realize that my OP was a question in which I did not state my opinion, but in my second post I did say (among other things):  While I will continue to like these type holes and would be happy to play more of them, the posters who brought up the speed of play issue they can create make a valid point.
I agree with those that have brought up the point that 200+ yard approach shots (to par 3s, 4s or 5s) tend to result in many golfers waiting for the green to clear and then missing the green badly and taking forever to complete the hole.  Not sure what the solution to this other than to design a course that leaves a lot of 100-150 yard approaches and doesn't leave any 200-300 yard approaches.  3.5 pars certainly don't do that and may slow up play.  With that said, I will...
My thinking is this- for PROs, holes in the 270-340 range is another, possibly superior, way to test driving (or FW wood) accuracy and DISTANCE CONTROL.  i.e. a 500 yard par 4 or 5 certainly rewards being able to hit it long and in the fairway, but most of the time it only makes a small difference if a guy hits it 290 or 330 (whatever the scoring difference is from 210 vs 170).  OTOH,  If you have a 310 yard hole, there is likely going to be a big scoring difference...
Makes sense IF you think PAR (as written on the scorecard) is relevant.  i.e. a 270 yard hole with a big receptive green is called a par 3 while a 270 yard hole with a smaller green and greater risk/reward trade-off is called a par 4.  The same distinction could be made for many 500 yard holes. Unfortunately, I did not watch the Merion US Open and am not sure how these holes played (and was not aware of this thread until after I started my 3.5 Par thread...
I agree that it is possible to use every club in the bag without these type of holes but think these type of holes can be another way to test/reward, accuracy & distance control on shots in the 240 to 340 range (with these distances being adjusted downward for those who don't play the back tees).  Sure, this can be done with narrow fairways, shallow landing areas and/or greens that are much more receptive from one side of the fairway over the other, but, for me, some of...
Should good golf courses have more holes in the 220 to 340 yard range (from the Championship tees)?   To me, a good golf course makes you use (or at least strongly consider using) all the clubs in your bag.  In my mind, some holes/shots should set up better for a right to left ball flight, while others should favor the opposite.      I know that some golf course architects like to include at least 1 driveable par 4.  Should this thought process be expanded similar to...
In 2012, it would have brought Els in- he had played 18 straight Masters with 14 made cuts (along with 5 straight top 6 finishes from 2000-4) 
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