Players embrace Winged Foot test, as long as it’s not ‘stupid’

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With temperatures expected to be in the 60s and 70s this week, Davis will undoubtedly be the focus of the players’ ire should Winged Foot get out of control.

“It’s all golf course setup,” said Thomas, who has directed pointed words at the USGA in the past. “We’ve never played a course that’s gotten away from us because it’s too hard of a course tee to green, it’s because it’s been poorly set up. That’s just the fact of the matter.

“This place, right now you go play, you put the pins where they should be, the greens are very soft, the fairways aren’t that firm, it’s beautiful weather. Yeah, there’s going to be a lot of high scores, but there will be some good scores, there will be some under-par scores, but if they got firm, they got fast, they got windy, they put pins where they shouldn’t be, then, yeah, it would be stupid.

“So, it really just all depends on how the golf course is stet up.”

Davis said Wednesday that the USGA looked at ways to make Winged Foot “a little bit easier because this is such a great test,” but he doesn’t want to hear complaints once the event starts.

“When you think about some of the great U.S. Open players of all time – Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods – you never heard them complain,” Davis said. “They accepted the challenge. In some ways, they knew when others were complaining, it gave them an advantage.

“Part of the lore of a U.S. Open is it’s a very tough golf course, hopefully set up in a fair but a stern manner.”

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