World No. 1 Adam Scott recently played No. 2, and had words of praise for the 2014 U.S. Open venue. He said, “It plays lovely. It’s visually very appealing. It’s a real treat to play.” Scott’s positive mindset should serve him well next week as he continues to solidify his spot atop the World Golf Rankings.
Scott finished T28 at the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, but the course has undergone a major restoration by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. Scott spoke to Pinehurst.com about the changes, “Well, I already had a great idea that it is a fantastic golf course, but obviously very different than nine years ago when I was here last at the U.S. Open.”
The waste areas have replaced the traditional deep rough at a U.S. Open venue. Scott said he is a fan of the waste areas, “I like the fact that you can get a good break, and get a nice clean lie or you might get a little unlucky and have to pitch back out, but it gives you some option off the tee to challenge the golf course.”
Challenging the course off the tee will be one aspect of the 2014 U.S. Open, but challenging the course from the fairway will be a whole different can of worms. Pinehurst No. 2 is known for its dome-shaped greens with severe-run-offs, and Scott said the Open will come down to the greens and the waste areas, “The factor is really going to be about the greens, and certainly these waste areas. And I think there will be critical decisions made out of the waste areas [next] week.”
I can see a few dare-devil decisions coming down the stretch that will make for an exciting U.S. Open.
Here is the full interview with Adam Scott after his practice round at Pinehurst No. 2, courtesy of Pinehurst.com:
–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)