New National Post Column: Oakmont Went Too Far

According to some reports, members at Oakmont complained to USGA officials that the course was set up too easy for the U.S. Open this past weekend. Right.

I tackle the issue in my latest National Post On Golf column.

Here’s a taste:

Angel Cabrera may have taken the U.S. Open, but it appears the golf course won the battle for penal, ponderous golf.

Yes, many have heralded Oakmont Country Club, site of last week’s second major, as perhaps the greatest example of difficult golf in the world. It is hard to say with any certainty how many times NBC announcers Johnny Miller and Dan Hicks called holes at Oakmont “extremely challenging,” “diabolical,” or “the most difficult in the world.”

Certainly, Oakmont’s conditioning, with its lengthy lush rough and firm sloping greens, made it an extraordinarily difficult golf course. But did the extreme nature of it result in a great tournament? Was Cabrera the best golfer this past week, or was he the only one lucky enough to avoid a misstep that would have led to disaster?

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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