Sobel: Course "Playing Easy For A U.S. Open"

Pebble Beach hasn't offered the players much resistance thus far

Tiki and Tierney
June 13, 2019 - 6:18 pm

Literally dozens of golfers shot under par at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach on Thursday, and with all due respect to the players, that probably shouldn’t happen.

“I don’t want to say it’s playing easy, but it’s playing easy for a U.S. Open,” Action Network HQ golf writer Jason Sobel said on Tiki & Tierney. “This looks like the AT&T Pro-Am that we see every February. Phil Mickelson won a few months ago with a score of 19-under-par. I don’t know if we’re getting quite that low this week, but last year for comparison at Shinnecock, only four players were under par after the opening round. So far today we’ve got a couple dozen and counting. This place is just getting torn up.”

One reason for the low scores? The course is just 7,075 yards.

“It’s short,” Sobel said. “These guys can go out – the Dustin Johnson’s and the Rory McIlroy’s – and can hit 4- and 5-irons off the tee and just be in fine position to keep it in the fairways. The greens are not that quick, and I don’t think it’s going to get much tougher. The weather is supposed to hold. . . . I think it’s going to stay the way it is, and I think scores are going to be very, very low.”