Why does the USGA take it so much easier on the women in the U.S. Open?
The USGA just held a national championship where five players finished under par - that’s right under the mark the blue blazers live to uphold the “sanctity” of. Cristie Kerr finished five under herself at the U.S. Women’s Open.
If that happened in the men’s Open, USGA president Walter Driver would have the greenskeeper, his competition chairman and two interns shot on the spot. Angel Caberera won at 5 over at Oakmont’s ridiculous setup.
So why does the USGA take it so much easier on the women? Why are the courses suddenly reasonable when Annika Sorenstam and friends show up?
Does the USGA not care about par when everyone’s not playing in long pants? Is it simple sexism?
If the USGA wants to torment golfers (and the fans who are denied ever seeing a charge) with crazy setups, the women deserve their pain too. Is Walter Driver saying girls are not good enough to be completely messed with?
Seems like the blue blazers have some explaining to do. Again.
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If the USGA had made the course layout any more difficult, the tournament might not be over yet.
The pace of play was painfully slow. It moved with the same deliberation as the Mendenhall glacier.
Most of these ladies treated every shot, even tap-in putts, as a crucial event, measuring and plumbing, and then doing it all over again.
In an effort to induce the possibility of some excitement, the USGA shortened the par five tenth by thirty yards to 478 yards. The intent was to make something happen with the longer hitters trying for the green in two.
When the final threesome of Christie, Morgan, and Lorena came to the tenth tee, I figured that Loren's extra length might get her in position for birdie or perhaps eagle.
But not one of these ladies, the three tournament leaders, got on the putting surface in THREE STROKES!
That's when they lost me and I switched to the PGA.
Enough pitty-pat golf for on afternoon.
They'd better do this now before they have a super star that is larger than the tour (see Tiger at PGA).
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