It’s got so bad it’s expected now. The only question is, how exactly will the USGA muck up the US Open this year?
Justin Thomas feels that the top players won’t boycott the US Open but that they “don’t have to hold back anymore” if the championship gets out of hand again at Pebble Beach next month.
Before we address the dark issues emanating from Shinnecock Hills at the weekend, let’s spend a little time in the light.
We’ve all been beguiled by it - for many it’s what first drew us to the game of golf.
I must be the only person in golf who is actually happy that we have to take a pause this week from the newest contender for The Greatest Golf Story Ever told.
Am I missing something? Barely two weeks on from one of the most egregious examples of slow play in professional golf history, they’re actually getting worse.
It’s no good, the urge to play devil’s advocate is just too strong. But I’m not driven by mischief, I just think there’s a lot more to yesterday’s rules policy change by the R&A and USGA than meets the (TV) eye.
There’s no organisation within golf that gets more flak than the United States Golf Association. Even our own favourite Aunt Sally, the R&A, gets off lightly in comparison.
Carry On Blazers we used to call it.
Dustin Johnson shrugged off the farcical scenes which threatened to ruin the US Open as he celebrated a first major title following several near misses.