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2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Discussion Thread

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4 minutes ago, pumaAttack said:

Maybe it's the rain but oakmont doesn't look all that hard.  Hard, yes.  The hardest golf course in America?  Not even close. 

I think Winged Foot is the toughest. But Oakmont is playing exactly like it did in 1994 when it was soft. If you put it side by side, scores are almost identical to that year so far. I think any course is pretty scoreable if fairways are soft and greens are receptive.

I gaurantee if they didn't get the rain on Thursday that over par would be winning right now. We got a ton of rain here. They said this morning it's about 50% dried out so far.

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They've moved up a lot of tees today. They did this last year at Chambers, too. If you're aggressive today and you're on with your driver, you can make some birdies.

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Grillo just dropped a long putt on #1.  Part of what I love watching the U.S. Open (and any tournament with fast greens) is seeing a long putt not only go in, but take its sweet time to do so.

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1 hour ago, pumaAttack said:

Maybe it's the rain but oakmont doesn't look all that hard.  Hard, yes.  The hardest golf course in America?  Not even close. 

Second place is -3 and we've had almost no wind and got 3" rain. It's a tough track.

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I feel like this is fox sports ( and the general sports press') reaction to the final pairing 

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 I haven't been able to watch much. A lot of the coverage I've read make it seem like Lowry and Landry don't even exist. If one of them wins will fox just say Jason day won anyway? lol. 

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5 minutes ago, Groucho Valentine said:

I feel like this is fox sports ( and the general sports press') reaction to the final pairing 

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 I haven't been able to watch much. A lot of the coverage I've read make it seem like Lowry and Landry don't even exist. If one of them wins will fox just say Jason day won anyway? lol. 

Every network (and sport) is like that, though. I'm a Tampa Bay Lightning fan and knew the media wanted the Penguins. The TV execs only care about ratings and making money so it's their job to hype up the big names. For the regular golf fan like you and me, we don't care as much. It's nice to have the big boys up there because it makes it a little more exciting, but that's not the way it is all the time. It's still a pretty damn good tournament. Hopefully Lowry comes back a little bit so we have a thrilling finish. Nothing against Shane, but a lot of us want some drama.

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8 minutes ago, ChrisP said:

Every network (and sport) is like that, though. I'm a Tampa Bay Lightning fan and knew the media wanted the Penguins. The TV execs only care about ratings and making money so it's their job to hype up the big names. For the regular golf fan like you and me, we don't care as much. It's nice to have the big boys up there because it makes it a little more exciting, but that's not the way it is all the time. It's still a pretty damn good tournament. Hopefully Lowry comes back a little bit so we have a thrilling finish. Nothing against Shane, but a lot of us want some drama.

Yeah, I know. Youre right.  It's just frustrating sometimes. I haven't been able to watch much coverage and been trying to catch up via the news.  Instead of finding out how Lowry and the leaders got to where they are, I've been having to sift through 100 articles why mickleson and McIlroy didn't make the cut and how Day is making his "charge" even though he's 8 back. 

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8 minutes ago, Groucho Valentine said:

Yeah, I know. Youre right.  It's just frustrating sometimes. I haven't been able to watch much coverage and been trying to catch up via the news.  Instead of finding out how Lowry and the leaders got to where they are, I've been having to sift through 100 articles why mickleson and McIlroy didn't make the cut and how Day is making his "charge" even though he's 8 back. 

Do you remember the tiger years? Tiger was the only player out there.Everyone else were just markers the way the commentators sounded.

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Last 3 holes, no commercials. I'll believe it when I don't see the ads. No ads is no ads, no CEOs, no Fox tv promos, no selling nothing.

 

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The interviews with Holly still need work, maybe it's because she stands sideways to the camera in a very tight fitting dress while her guests face the camera head on.  It just seems staged to force you to look at her curves (which I don't mind) versus just having her sit at a desk and conduct an interview like they have Miller, Faldo and others do on other channels.  

 

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Great to see Lowry at the top of the leaderboard; he's got a fantastic short game and a great personality (he did a very fun vlog with Rick Shiels a while back). Would still be pulling for Westwood, Sergio or DJ ahead of him (just), but I'd be delighted were any of those four to win it.

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There's a Spieth tracker. At least this tracker's busy w/things to do. 

https://twitter.com/Spieth_Tracker

Workout them shoulders!

Final hole stands are full:

Landry <-> Leicester City

60%. Ouch. Probably more like 100%, they all get injured at one point or another.

Lowry sans the beard:

 

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I wonder if the positive reaction to Fox's broadcast is more because of the venue, because from my pov, announcing is about the same not counting the Zinger for Norman trade.

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Butch Harmon on the greens:

For the Star Wars fans:

 

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Good for Butch for calling it as he sees it.......too good of shot for that to happen

 

BTW......Did John Brown just screw up by saying you can take a drop from the ditch on the left side of the ninth fairway.....that is not a lateral hazard, is it?

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3 minutes ago, BallStriker said:

BTW......Did John Brown just screw up by saying you can take a drop from the ditch on the left side of the ninth fairway.....that is not a lateral hazard, is it?

They are all hazards...the ones down the sides of fairways are lateral hazards.

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