Severity of Greens at Shinnecock Hills Cause Stir
Since it last hosted the US Open in 2004, there are have been significant changes made to Shinnecock Hills, as the historic golf club underwent a restoration project under the eye of renowned designers Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. That saw the removal of trees, and the dramatic widening of fairways, something that the USGA have found a compromise with ahead of this year's Championship.
However, what is clearly not different are the speed of the greens. Many will recall that the 2004 US Open saw the surfaces - particularly the seventh - slip completely out of control, with officials watering them between groups passing through. Though such a repeat event will be likely avoided this week, the severity remains. Shinnecock's 18th green slopes dramatically from back-to-front, and that was perfectly demonstrated by this two social videos.
Golf coach, Jeff Smith dropped a ball on the green to display just how severe it was.
It clearly has the attention of the players too, as Scotland's Richie Ramsay shared this clip on Twitter, looking back up at the green from the bottom of a collection area that is certain to be busy throughout the second men's major of 2018.
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