Welcome to this week’s Social Eyes, which is packed with all the goings on at Oakmont for the US Open.
On Monday, we did an article which showed how the players were coping (or not!) with the course set-up. And, despite the rough being chopped down from 6in to 4in, it’s still insanely tough.
Just ask Matthew Baldwin. He described the rough as ‘obscene’. We’d tend to agree!
Bubba Watson found a unique way of chipping in from the rough, although we’re not sure this will be allowed when the tournament comes around. Insane skills nonetheless!
There’s one par-3 in particular – the 288-yard eighth – that’s been projected loads on social media this week. Kevin Na could be using his driver…
While Webb Simpson decided to take things into his own hands with this…
We play to total score, not to par, but I just made a bunch of guys feel better about 8. pic.twitter.com/Mrq8AI1PdY— Webb Simpson (@webbsimpson1) June 14, 2016
It's funny how we let par shape the perception of a hole. #8 is "diabolical" as a par 3, but a fun, risk/reward hole as a par 4.— Webb Simpson (@webbsimpson1) June 14, 2016
Don’t think the USGA are going to listen though, Webb!
How about this for a great tweet? The two longest surnames – Kiradech Aphibarnrat & Thitiphun Chuayprakong – and shortest surnames – Byeong Hun An & Kevin Na – each played practice rounds together on Tuesday at Oakmont!
Away from the course, Rickie Fowler has been finding the perfect way to wind down and take his mind off his quest for a maiden major title: by hanging with Dash Day!
Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston doesn’t really paint his caddie in a good light with this Instagram post…
Moving away from the US Open, the R&A announced changes to its Pace of Play manual starting at the Amateur Championship this week.
And it’s come just days after complaints from players on both the European Tour and Senior Tour.
First up, BMW PGA champion Chris Wood, who was defending his Lyoness Open title…
Painfully slow in Austria today.. If they're monitoring slow play penalise them as well !!!— Chris Wood (@Chris3Wood) June 10, 2016
And then ex-Masters champion Ian Woosnam, who was playing a Senior Tour event in Jersey.
European seniors tour needs to look at the pace of play for some of there players we need to set a example to the younger players— Ian Woosnam (@IWoosnam) June 13, 2016
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