So it’ll be a logistical nightmare. So what?
The USGA’s grouping of the top three players in the world ranking — Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott — for the first two rounds of next week’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines makes a lot of sense. The only thing that’s surprising is that it’s not standard operating procedure.
The fact is, conditions matter. Rain, wind, fog, heat–it all comes into play in golf. Why should Woods get a 10-mph headwind on the short par-5 18th hole and Mickelson get a 10-mph tailwind, or vice-versa? Why should the USGA even allow for that possibility by starting one at, say, 9 a.m., and the other at 2:30 p.m.? Woods and Mickelson have at times looked so evenly matched that it’s worth leveling the playing field as much as humanly possible. That’s what the USGA is doing. Good move.
** Farrell Evans thinks this is a bad idea. Tell us what you think.