HAVE you ever heard so many golfers complain about greens and tee boxes in your entire life? Chambers Bay certainly got the better of some pros and thankfully for us they let the course have it.
Check out this week's dosage of the funniest, harshest and weirdest quotes from the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay.
Somehow, Louis Oosthuizen dragged himself into a share of the lead with two holes left in the tournament (after being in the 'Group of Death' with Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler on Thursday), but the 2010 Open Championship winner spoke about Jordan Spieth’s finish on the 18th.
Spieth drew a 3-wood for his second shot and, at that point, a bogey would've kept the South African in the tournament:
"You can so easily just get the 3-wood wrong and just hit it through the green and it stays on the top and then you have a really tough up-and-down," Oosthuizen said.
"I knew it wasn’t over until he hit that 3-wood obviously.
"I don’t think he’s ever 3-putted from that distance in his life."
Fellow South African Charl Schwartzel was asked if he could have foreseen when he was a boy that he, Oosthuizen and countryman Thomas Aiken would all be competing in majors on a Sunday:
“If I could see that far in the future, I think I would be very rich," Schwartzel said.
"Probably not. Those are sort of dreams. You maybe talk about it, you putt against each others as juniors on the putting green. You say we’re playing at the Masters and this is for that.
"I think that’s for all the kids. All the dreams don’t always come true, but these seem to have.”
Branden Grace was full of praise for playing partner Spieth’s composure on Sunday, as the duo battled it out until a wayward tee shot on 16 all but ended Grace’s US Open hopes:
“Even when he missed the putts, he came close and he just lifted his head up and kept going," Grace reflected.
“That’s what you have to do to try and contend in a major. That’s pretty much it.”
Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller, was carrying bags at Chambers Bay when it opened in 2007. His local knowledge certainly helped Spieth to a second major championship:
“When it was announced in ‘08 that the U.S. Open was coming here, my dream was just to caddie this week,” Greller said.
“I certainly didn’t envision all that would happen between.”
And now it's time for...
BLOKES WHO COMPLAINED ABOUT THE GREENS!
Let's start with American Billy Horschel, who nearly thumped a crater on the 6th green after a missed par putt, invented the snake dance three holes later, and baked the USGA after his round. He then turned around and apologised the next day on Twitter (but only for the swinging putter):
"I just lost a little respect for the USGA this week," Horschel said.
"I played my butt off to shoot 3-under today, it probably should've been six, seven or eight under. It's frustrating on the greens when you hit really good putts and they're bouncing worse than I've ever seen."
Swede Henrik Stenson tried to help the people at home understand what the putting surfaces were really like, possibly providing the most creative description of the week:
“It’s pretty much like putting on broccoli,” Stenson said.
“We’re almost better off plugged in a bunker than being on the top of a ridge.
“I hit a lovely shot into the ninth and was putting down on something that looked like the surface of the moon.”
World Number one Rory McIlroy was more forgiving, but delighted in carrying on the vegetable-themed descriptions:
"I don't think they're as green as broccoli, I think they're more like cauliflower," McIlroy quipped after his Saturday round.
“Everyone has to putt on them. It's all mental.”
Spaniard Sergio Garcia, who isn't unfamiliar with complaining, got the ball rolling straight (or maybe he couldn't and that was the problem) away with his early assessment of the greens on Twitter after his first round:
"Happy with my even par round today although it could've been a bit better by the way I played but these greens are as bad as they look on TV," Garcia tweeted.
"I think a championship of the caliber of [the US Open] deserves better quality green surfaces than we have this week but maybe I'm wrong!"
"If my problem is saying what everyone thinks but they don't have the guts to say it, then I'm guilty of that for sure."
Then, South African golf legend Gary Player appeared on the Golf Channel and let rip with the driver in an interview on Saturday morning:
"I'll tell you what," Player said.
Go on, Gary. Tell us.
"There have never been so many people to miss the cut that are so happy to go home.
"This has been the most unpleasant golf tournament I've seen in my life."
But the players weren't done complaining just yet, so let's finish with...
BLOKES WHO COMPLAINED ABOUT THE 18TH AS A PAR 5!
On the 18th on Friday, en route to a double bogey, World Number two Jordan Spieth exclaimed in frustration:
“This is the dumbest hole I’ve ever played in my life!”
After his round Spieth, said this:
“I think 18 as a par 4 doesn’t make much sense. So all in all, I thought it was a dumb hole today but I think we’re going to play it from there again, so I’ve got to get over that.”
Fellow American Patrick Reed also fired a shot at the USGA about the pin placements at Chambers Bay on the same day:
"To have to play Mickey Mouse golf to try to make par unfortunately is a bad way to end the day," Reed said.
Then Northern Irishman and 2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell dropped this truth bomb on Twitter:
The "hybrid" par 4/5's have been interesting. Technically par is irrelevant. Lowest score wins. But the mental impact par has is unavoidable— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) June 21, 2015
If you think about it, it really doesn’t matter what par the hole is. If everyone is playing the same, like G-Mac prophesised, does it really matter at all?
So why was everyone complaining all week?
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