I think the course was that tough. I mean they had a par 3 that was 240 yards, and the effective size of that green was a fraction of the total green size due to how fast, hard, and sloped the green was. There were some holes that if you were a foot too right and the ball ends up in a bunker. Look at Graeme McDowell, hit his tee ball on that par 3 about 4 yards more left, and about 2 feet shorter than Zach Johnson. Graeme's ball ended off the front of the green. Zach got a hole in one. Just say, less than 5 yards difference in landing spot is between a tap or chipping from the front of the green.
I think the play at this Open was typical of any US Open. It is a struggle to the end. Just because everyone wasn't making 65's all week doesn't mean poor golf was being played. That course is TOUGH!!!
The course rating for the US Open tees was a 76.4, 6.4 strokes harder than par. Given the PGA tour players can have a handicap ranging from +7 to +4, they were all shooting where they were suppose to. Kaymar just got hot. I would like to see his Strokes Gained on his long game. I think he hit a ton of greens this week. Honestly his ball striking was crazy good for the week, and he actually putted very well. He just put in a complete performance.
It was tough if you missed it in the wrong spots. But the greens were perfect, but outside of Kaymer, these guys could not putt. I just saw so many missed opportunities out there. I think scoring could have been better. The USGA set up some tough holes, no doubt, but they also set up some holes for scoring and the players weren't taking advantage of it. I feel like Thursday and Friday, you had soft greens, you had no penalty for missing the fairway and watching it on ESPN, player after player missed shots. At Merion last year, guys had wedges in their hands with soft greens in the middle of the fairway and player after couldn't get it close. I know a lot of people don't like Johnny Miller, but I personally have a lot of respect for him and he was shocked that players weren't scoring better.
In 1999 and 2005, you had heavier rough and much harder conditions and they didn't make the par-4s reachable, yet if you take away Kaymer's score, the scoring was pretty much the same. How? That's the part I don't get and why I question the top-10 in today's game.