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So I was reading a bunch of the comments about Spieth's drop on #13 over at GolfWRX and was curious what the consensus was here on two things: 1 - What do you think about the decision to declare an unplayable lie and take the drop on the driving range - some think it should've been OB and that the R&A were playing favorites? 2 - How do you feel about the time it took for Spieth to take the drop and make his shot? They were already warned about slow play, do you think he should have received a penalty? Do you think it was fair/not fair to Matt Kucher? Just curious is all. My opinion on the matter is that the rules officials were there to make the calls. If they didn't call anything on him then that's that. I do hate that it took so long for Kucher's sake - that kinda wait can really screw up your momentum. However, I also think he could have said something about it if it were really an issue. Kuch is a good guy though and a true class act to give Spieth the time he needed. I think it shows how much he wanted to win on his own merit rather than pushing Jordan to make a hasty decision that could have cost him more than bogey.
Oakmont is rated between the third and fifth hardest course in the U.S. Do you like seeing the pros struggle to beat a tough course? Should a less than perfect approach be punished, rolling off the green? Should a drive offline land in 8-inch rough? Do you like seeing greens with a stimp of 12 or 13? Or do you like seeing scores of 65, four-day totals of -24, which looked possible at the 2016 Players? Do you like to see lots of birdies, and a crowded leaderboard where making birdies is necessary to compete and win? Do you think golf is hard, and should be hard for pros, too? Let us hear your unvarnished opinion. From Wikipedia: Quotes from notable golfers: USGA Sr. Director of Rules and Competitions Mike Davis: "There's a reason [the U.S. Open is] coming back to Oakmont. This really is the gold standard for championship golf. It doesn't get any better than Oakmont." Lee Trevino: â€œThere's only one course in the country where you could step out right now â€” right now â€” and play the U.S. Open, and that's Oakmont.â€ Phil Mickelson: "It's really a neat, special place." Johnny Miller: "It's probably the best course in the world . . . This is the greatest course I've ever played." On Oakmont's greens: Tiger Woods:"That golf course is going to be one of the toughest tests that we've ever played in a U.S. Open, especially if it's dry, it will be unreal because those greens are so severe." Arnold Palmer: "You can hit 72 greens [in regulation] in the Open at Oakmont and not come close to winning." Rocco Mediate said of the greens that they are "almost impossible". Sam Snead once commented that he tried to mark his ball on one of Oakmont's greens but the coin slid off. Lee Trevino claimed every time he two-putted at Oakmont he knew he was passing somebody on the leader board. Johnny Miller said that Oakmont's are the greatest set of greens for testing a player's ability to putt. USGA Sr. Director Mike Davis: "[Oakmont's greens are the] scariest in golf." Stimpmeter The stimpmeter, a device for measuring the speed of greens, was developed by Edward Stimpson (1904â€“1985), an accomplished amateur player from Massachusetts, shortly after attending the 1935 U.S. Open at Oakmont.