The USGA prides itself on setting up the toughest courses on the planet. But Congressional hasn’t lived up to that reputation, hit by hot weather last week and rain this week that softened the greens.
All the players knew it, even the ones who weren’t taking advantage.
“The rough isn’t quite as gnarly as at some other U.S. Opens,” world No. 1 Luke Donald said after shooting 3-over 74. “It has a different feel. It almost feels like the Firestone or something. But it’s still tough out there. Some tough pins and you’ve got to play well to shoot a good score.”
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