SAN FRANCISCO: Some of the biggest names in world golf were saying a not so fond farewell to San Francisco’s Olympic Club Lake Course on Friday after failing to make the cut at the US Open.Among them were the two top-ranked golfers in the world, the reigning Masters Champion and an assortment of top draws.
They all came to San Francisco with hopes high and left with heads low as they were bruised and battered by the par-70, 7,170-yards long layout known as “The Graveyard of Legends” for its canny ability to bring the best to their knees.Englishman Donald, who was nine over when the day began, shot a 72 and immediately said he needed three weeks away from the tour to recover, before defending his Scottish Open title.
Asked to detail what was hardest thing about playing the Lake Course, Donald said just about everything.“Any time you have firm greens, that’s the hardest part,” he said. “If you ever want to make a course tougher you get the greens firm. We don’t play that many courses that of are this firm, not even close. That coupled with the slope of the greens make it’s tough. And other than that, there’s probably the rough around the greens is gnarly and then the rough off the tee.”
Defending champion McIlroy ended the day and the tournament at 10 over after a 73 and that compared miserably to the 13-under position he had at the same stage at Congressional last year en route to winning his first major.
The 23-year-old Ulsterman agreed with Donald that playing on a course like this took the world’s best golders out of their comfort zone. “This course is so tough with the reverse cambers and you hit it in the middle of the fairway sometimes it doesn’t hold and you’re in the rough and when you hit it in the rough it makes it difficult,” he said.“It’s just such a demanding golf course and just punishes the shot that’s slightly off line.”