Kevin Na shows just how thick the rough is for the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills … and Lee Westwood loses his caddie in it

ADAM SCOTT recently appealed to the USGA to make playing conditions a little more reasonable at the upcoming US Open at Erin Hills but this video shows a very less than impressed Kevin Na demonstrating just how impenetrable the rough is.

The Erin Hills layout in Wisconsin is said to have some of the widest fairways in US Open history and obviously somewhere near the middle of the fairway on every hole is the place to be.

One US golf writer said he hoped the Open was not decided by a lost ball coming down the stretch. That would add to the many controversies plaguing the Open in recent times.

Maybe Scott had a very good point – that hinging everything on the course not conceding better than par is not the be all and end all of staging a successful major.

“Let’s just have something that’s a challenge and interesting, not just playing brutal,” Scott said ahead of the event.

The last “new” course to host a US Open was Chambers Bay, a course many pros said was not fit for tournament play.

“The ball is in their court. Hopefully they get it right this time, just from a playability standpoint,” Scott continued. “If their major pinnacle event requires courses to be the way they are, it doesn’t set a good example.”

There’s also another video below from Lee Westwood and his caddie that further demonstrates the point.


Lee Westwood loses his ball …. and his caddie in the Erin Hills rough



The rough is really thick this week just off the edge of the fairway! ???#usopen

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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