"I don’t care if they get helicopters…"

By |  June 10, 2013

The players are all talking about the wet conditions in Philadelphia for the U.S. Open. Ernie Els has little doubt that this is going to be a wet contest. This is what he had to say about it at this morning’s press conference:

“After the rain this morning, it’s going to be very sloppy now. You’re not going to see a firm U.S. Open this year, I’m sorry. I don’t care if they get helicopters flying over the fairways, it’s not going to dry up.

            We’re going to have a soft golf course this week all week. It means that if you’re on your game you’re going to have a lot of birdie putts. There’s quite a few par‑4s where you’ve just got to put it in the fairway. You can put it in the fairway with an iron, from a 5‑iron for a 3‑iron, just putting it into play, and then you’ve got quite a short second shot.
            I can see pin placements are going to be quite tough to protect the course.You’re going to see a lot more birdies than ever at U.S. Open venues. But the finish is still very strong. The par‑3s are very, very strong. And there’s some par‑4s; 5 and 6, obviously 18 and 14 is a very strong hole.So there’s some really strong par‑4s, but then you’ve got some birdie chances. I should say the par‑3s are going to be tough.”
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