Oh, boo hoo. The millionaire golfers are complaining they actually have to navigate a difficult course. You want a juice box to calm you down? If they are the great competitors the PGA Tour makes them out to be, they should get out there, and challenge the course. A difficult tournament brings out the best in the greatest golfers, and people want to see the steely resolve these athletes have.
If not for the difficulty, we wouldn’t wax poetic about Tiger Woods’ win on one leg, or Hal Irwin’s improbable victory in 1990. We also wouldn’t be treated to one of the most epic meltdowns in 2006 when Phil Mickelson choked on the 18th at Winged Foot. The tournament is difficult, but so what? That’s part of the fun at the U.S. Open.
Everyone wants a challenging course—nobody wants an impossible one. If everyone got a birdie, then a birdie would lose some value as an achievement. But what the U.S. Open is doing is making the game unwatchable because golfers are struggling to do anything positive. The course is setup for them to fail at every corner.
These are some of the greatest golfers in the world—and they rarely complain about a tournament—but you know it’s bad when they complain consistently about one specific tournament. Fans want to see a course test golfers, not frustrate them beyond belief. Organizers of the U.S. Open should take a step a back, and make the course a little less difficult.