Over the past couple of days, I’ve received several e-mails about one of my columns that appeared in Sun Media on Monday.
The column was sparked when defending U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell predicted that the field would be hard-pressed to reach par next month at Congressional, which apparently will be a bear.
The question I asked in the column is when does the United States Golf Association go too far in its course set-up? Some took that to mean that I proposing that the USGA go easy on the world’s best players, which I wasn’t – the U.S. Open should always be a tough test.
I was talking about going over the top and wondered if seeing the top names in the game struggling to make par is good for the game or actually a deterrent to potential players who may develop a negative image of the game due to degree of difficulty, something the USGA of all groups, should be considering.
One reader said that relative newcomers may actually feel better about their own struggles on the golf course if they see the stars also experiencing difficulty, so there are two sides to every issue.
What do you think? Does the USGA go over the top with its course set-up and does it send out a negative image to people considering taking up the game?
You can read the column by clicking here and be sure to let us know your thoughts.