Dusek: USGA Will "Jack Up" Pebble Beach

Players had it pretty easy during the opening round of the U.S. Open; that won't continue through the weekend, David Dusek says

Ferrall On The Bench
June 14, 2019 - 9:06 am
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Pebble Beach didn’t offer much resistance in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday, but Golfweek senior writer David Dusek believes that will change heading this weekend.

“The pins are going to be in much more challenging positions,” Dusek said on Ferrall on the Bench. “If we don’t get the wind – there was no wind out there (Thursday) – if the forecast is no wind, the USGA is going to jack up the golf course a little bit. They’re going to hide some pins. I think they’ll be careful to put enough water on the greens so that they’re not going to start getting out of of control because they don’t want the bad PR on that, but the golf course will be harder. The lead (Thursday) was Justin Rose at 6-under-par. I’d be very surprised if the lead was any better than 8-under-par (Friday). It is not going to be as easy (Friday) as the guys had it (Thursday).”

Rose shot a 65 on Thursday. Four other players – Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Louis Oosthuizen and Aaron Wise – shot a 66. 

That is not typical of a U.S. Open.

“The U.S. Open is as much about a mental task, and tough guys tend to win out there,” Dusek said. “You have to go out there and not let big numbers and bogeys that are going to happen rattle you.”

Click below to listen to Dusek’s interview in its entirety.