Column: US Open should be a tough test with no whining

Published 9:25 p.m. ET June 11, 2019

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were among those who took issue with the greens at Pebble Beach for the 2010 U.S. Open.

Jack Nicklaus was among those who had no idea what they were talking about.

Woods finished his opening round in 2010 and described the greens as “just awful” for the way the ball wiggled to the left, wiggled to the right and rarely went in the hole. He described one putt as bouncing 3 feet in the air, which replays would confirm as a slight exaggeration. Mickelson said given the nature of poa grass late in the afternoon of that final round, the speed of the greens was too fast for anyone to make putts.

“What?” Nicklaus said, his eyes narrowing slightly as he heard the criticism from the most recent U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. “I won under those conditions. The golf course basically had gotten away from them.”

That was 1972, when Nicklaus hit that famous 1-iron off the pin on the 17th for a tap-in birdie. He still shot 74 that day. It turned out be his highest score by five shots in the final round of his four U.S. Open titles.

No one ever complains when they win.


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