Whatever ones lingered about whether Bryson DeChambeau’s plan to bulk up and hit the ball as far as possible would hold up in the cauldron and nuance of Major championship golf have been answered. This week at Winged Foot, he killed nuance.
The first green has so much hustle and flow, the USGA specifically tells players that its handling it differently than the other 17th, maintaining it a slower speed so that the ridiculousness doesn’t become too sublime.
Since he began his US Open quest as a professional in 1992 at Pebble Beach – where he missed the cut – it’s only the fourth time that Mickelson will not be a part of the most compelling part of this show.
Rough has long been a useful tool for creating demanding setups and for tournaments that hope to test a certain skill set, but other appeals of the game are sacrificed when the measure of success is relegated to hitting the ball to predetermined positions.