June 14, 2015
By Chris Stevenson, Rideau View Golf Insider
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — As NHL referee Garrett Rank made his way up his second-to-last hole at Shinnecock Hills at the U.S. Open in the first round Thursday, a fan called out, “Go, Garrett.”
Rank, 13-over-par at the time, raised his hand in acknowledgement and the fan added, “Call more slashing on Pittsburgh!”
Oh, there was plenty of slashing Thursday.
From the right rough. From the left rough. From the rough short of the fairway.
It added up to 83, still not the worst score from the morning wave (that belong to rookie English pro Scott Gregory, who had a 92).
“I’m not embarrassed by an 83, but it’s not good,” Rank, who had a smile on his face and his head held high. “If you weren’t playing from the fairway, it was next to impossible. You might as well add one or two more shots to your score on every hole. The wind. The wind didn’t help matters at all.
“You almost have to hit a perfect golf shot every time. Back home if you miss the fairway, you are usually in the rough and you just hit it on the green. If you go out to your…
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