PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – In gentle of a number of perceived missteps with current U.S. Open course setups, the USGA’s relationship with a few of golf’s greatest names has hit a little bit of a tough patch.
Whether or not it was the bumpy greens of Chambers Bay in 2015, the Dustin Johnson guidelines fiasco in 2016, the record-low numbers at Erin Hills in 2017 or final 12 months’s greens at Shinnecock Hills that pissed off Phil Mickelson to the purpose he purposely hit a transferring ball, the sport’s governing physique has taken loads of warmth within the wake of the nationwide championship.
Jordan Spieth sees issues somewhat in another way, saying Tuesday at Pebble Seashore that he thinks the USGA has merely gotten unfortunate.
“I believe there’s been a few powerful breaks that the USGA – there’s been a few powerful breaks. I believe general we will see definitely a pattern going ahead of some unbelievable championships, I’ve little doubt,” Spieth mentioned. “I believe current historical past was simply sort of a bit unfortunate, one golf course performed quite a bit simpler. You had a guidelines factor and a few greens that ended up not the way in which that they had been alleged to be stepping into.”
Spieth, who gained the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, maintained that if the aim of the occasion is to crown the most effective participant at week’s finish, then the USGA completed their mission.
“I believe massive image you continue to had the fitting champions each single time. And that is what you wish to do in majors, you wish to separate who’s taking part in the most effective from who’s not,” he mentioned. “And I do not see how that is not had the fitting end in any of the earlier years, regardless that definitely every part may have gone one hundred percent completely and it did not, essentially.”
This 12 months’s return to Pebble Seashore has Spieth excited for future U.S. Opens, which can return to acquainted spots Winged Foot in 2020, Torrey Pines South Course in 2021 and The Nation Membership in 2022.
“I believe we’re arrange this week, I believe we’re arrange within the upcoming years to go locations this championship has had nice championships earlier than. And due to this fact it is a good blueprint to go off of the place it is much less seemingly for any uncertainty, aside from climate, to have something lower than an ideal championship.”
Spieth tees off at Pebble Seashore, the place he gained the AT&T Pebble Seashore Professional-Am in 2017, on Thursday at 5:09 p.m. ET seeking his fourth main title.