Which Ben will win on Sunday?
The United States Golf Association says this whenever asked about their choice of a venue for the U.S. Open: “The USGA selects venues for the U.S. Open that rank among the most challenging courses in the United States. We intend that the U.S. Open prove the most rigorous examination of golfers. A U.S. Open course should test all forms of shot making, mental tenacity, and physical endurance under conditions of extreme pressure found only at the highest levels of championship golf.”
They have certainly met those criteria in selecting Chambers Bay, the links-style layout overlooking Puget Sound in Washington State. The question is: Has the USGA gone overboard with its emphasis on “challenging, rigorous, endurance, extreme”?