Adam Scott is hoping that the course setup at Oakmont for this week’s US Open is not unfair for the players.
The US Open has a reputation for being one of the sterner tests in golf and there is no place better than Oakmont to make sure this is the case.
Lightning fast greens, ankle-deep rough and 210 bunkers await the players in Pennsylvania.
“The US Open reputation for over 100 years has been the hardest test in golf but to make it significantly harder than some other great events they have to make it crazy hard,” the 35-year-old told AAP.
“Whether it is Oakmont or any other golf course, the players now and the distance and consistency they hit it…if par or worse wins and that’s the best of the best that week then something silly is probably happening out there.
“When we have a two-yard gap to hit a 250-yard tee shot to keep it in a fairway or where the ball will only roll down into this one bit of rough. That’s when it can be unfair and then we have gone too far.”
Scott missed the cut the last time the US Open was played at Oakmont, carding a 76 and an 82 to finish 18 over par. While this sounds disastrous, winner Angel Cabrera would only manage five over par, giving an indication of the degree of difficulty at Oakmont.
“I’ve tried to forget,” the former Masters winner said of 2007.
“I had six birdie putts in two days and I didn’t make any of them and if five over is the best of the best that’s a little frightening.
“We just have to be careful not to manipulate stuff too much and just set up the course fair.”
Scott is adamant the officials must make sure it is an even contest this week and allow for the weather to affect the course.
“If it rains and gets soft the guys are going to shoot a low score,” added the Australian.
“If it doesn’t and it firms up through the week we are going to be challenged. If 15 under won the US Open at Oakmont and it was wet all week then I think it would still be liked.
“We are going to do it again if ten over wins too but it is far more enjoyable erring on the side of fair.”