The former, 16° Mini Driver, 5-hybrid, 8-iron, PW, SW, NO putter. Or 2-iron, 5-iron, 8-iron, PW, SW, again no putter. I can putt pretty well with a 2-iron or the leading edge of a wedge. But the hybrid would be my best bet.
Funny story I knew fellow in his 90s who was a 15 hdcp with a hybrid, chipper, and putter as his only three clubs for a while.
Would you rather #29....Play only a total of five (5) clubs (incl putter) in the bag, the strongest being no more than 15* (i.e. 3w) and the weakest no more than 60* (LW) and lowering your avg score by five (5) strokes OR keeping your bag as is with the current number of clubs and your avg score lowers by two (2) strokes. Also if you choose the former - what would be the clubs of choice?
The fact that EAL shot 92 in his attempt to break 90 is very telling for how the course WAS set up. I hope that the WF team brings back the brutality that is associated with US Opens.
I'm surprised that "the big golfer" is holding it together as well as he is given recent results and the rough. Cool to see.