October 6, 2014
The United States Open Championship is the oldest flavour of vanilla in golf. That not meant to be derogatory, in fact, its more of a compliment.
Vanilla is distinctive; even the least nuanced of taste buds can recognize its profile. It's dependable, has universal appeal, and we like it just as it is.
All equally applies to the United States Open Championship. In the last few years, at sites like Chambers Bay and Erin Hills, the powers that be at the USGA have tried to alter the recipe, but to limited success.
When most think of the National Championship on the United States, we immediately recall traditional northeastern layouts - stately, nuanced, and hard. Really, really hard.
That's what we expect each year on Father's day weekend, and this year we get it back. In spades.
But let's just hope the host club, the vaunted Shinnecock Hills Golf Club plays more as it was designed by the people who shaped it rather than as contrived by a guest tournament committee.
The latter was the case in 2004 and the result was a beautiful lady in a bad prom dress. There was no need for the extra frills as the course…
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