I'm going to agree with what some of the other pro golfers said in later interviews. A few players mentioned that the course was REALLY tough and people were severely penalized even when they made great shots. There were comments that on this course luck was much more of a factor than at other courses. You could hit a perfect shot two feet from the pin and still roll right in the water and drop 2 shots because of it. How many players made good shots and actually hit the green and ended up in the water when on a reasonable course it most likely would have ended in a birdie?
Now go back and think about some of the not so good shots that hit the outer edge of the green and ended with a 2 put par. Now factor in that Reed only won by 1 shot and I would have to agree with the other pro golfers. Luck had too much impact on this course. I know that somebody is gonna say that they all had to play the same course and that is absolutely true. However, I saw too many really good shots that ended in double, triple and quadruple bogeys. Hell some guys had 8s, 9s,10s. Didn't somebody actually have an 11? That is utterly ridiculous to design a green that penalizes good shots like that.
I watched the entire thing and people say Reed made some great shots. He did, but there were some guys that made BETTER shots that got royally screwed. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that on a course with reasonably designed slopes on the greens Reed would not have won against THAT field. That is my opinion and I am allowed to have one.
I watched quite a bit of the coverage on Friday through Sunday, and have since read some follow-up articles, and did not get even close to the same vibe from the course as you got. I know a few guys complained about the greens being tough, but I didn't hear anybody say that they were unfair. And I did see one shot (one shot total) that might fall into the "unfair" category, and that was Dustin Johnson on Friday at 15 (when the winds were ridiculous). He hit a draw, rode the right to left wind, and landed his ball in the center of the green, only to have it scurry off into the water. Of course, Matt Kuchar followed it with a better shot that was rewarded by cozying up to about 3 feet from the hole ... so it's not as if the hole was unplayable.
And once the wind died down on Saturday and Sunday, nobody seemed to be complaining or having much trouble that wasn't self-imposed.
The only ridiculously lucky break I remember, is Tiger Woods bouncing it off some dudes noggin into the center of the fairway (on 4 on Sunday) and he promptly "capitalized" by dumping his next shot into the lake.
Whether you want to believe it or not, Reed simply played better than everybody else.
I do not.