Jun
13
2012
Video: A(nother) demo showing severity of the 17th green at Olympic
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

Veteran caddie Todd Montoya, who is looping for Alabama grad Hunter Hamrick in his professional debut at the U.S. Open, posted a video via Twitter on Sunday revealing the end result of hitting the ball slightly to the right of the pin on the 17th green. Wowzers is right. Well, I was curious to see it for myself and Todd was kind enough to demonstrate it again on Tuesday.

Crazy, huh? For a moment, I thought the ball was going to stop, but nope, wait for it…yeah, it actually rolled THROUGH the netting (which wasn’t there last Sunday). If it gets really firm this weekend, I’m guessing we could see balls ending up in the rough, which many have pointed out could cause traffic issues because of its proximity to the 18th tee.

Here’s the pin location for 17 during Tuesday’s practice round:

As you can see, it’s 9 paces from the right edge of the green. Todd informed me that 7 paces from the right is the area where the ball slope severely and ends up in the run-off area. So, you really have no room for error since it was just about two paces from Tuesday’s hole location.

Here’s a video of Davis Love III, Lucas Glover, Brian Harman and Hunter Hamrick spending more time than usual practicing around the 17th green (which is the most severe at Olympic). Pardon the amateur-hour and absolutely awesome production quality!

In other news, rookie Brian Harman is trying to pick up tips from his veteran neighbors, Lucas and DL3. Harman was the medalist in the stroke play portion of the 2004 U.S. Jr. Amateur at Olympic, but the course has been redone and changed since then. The setup is also just a tad more challenging…

I wasn’t really joking when I suggested Harman’s caddie take notes or ask his veteran colleagues for help/advice…just sayin’. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen them look at a book — okay, they probably have but I don’t think it’s all marked up like the average Tour caddie’s. Harman is super talented and a feel player, not to mention smart, so he doesn’t need much extraneous info, which is fine, but the same rules don’t usually apply to the U.S. Open at Olympic…

DL3 was looking good today. He’s apparently feeling really positive about his game, too. I’m not saying he’ll win, but he might sneak in for a top-ten. He’s close (as golf industry people like to say).

So, yeah, how about that 17th green?