Every time the US Open championship rolls around we get a weekly dose of golfers and caddies strolling around the host course offering up photos and videos of the state of the rough.
This year it’s Torrey Pines’ turn in the spotlight and we’ve got a number of updates to share from the practice rounds.
This usually results in the USGA trimming the rough a day before the opening round – and as you can see below, it’s not exactly a modern trend to grow the rough this thick at the US Open.
First up, Ian Poulter plays a game of hide-and-seek with his golf ball in the rough behind the first green.
Golf Digest shared this video on a golf ball landing and disappearing…
Xander Schauffele was captured hacking his way out of the rough…
— Golf Town (@GolfTown) June 10, 2021
And then golf commentator Brandel Chamblee chimed in reminding everyone this isn’t anything new…
When I hear tour pros complain about the rough I think about this photo of Ben Hogan on the 18th at Olympic making a double bogey and losing the playoff to Jack Fleck in the 1955 US Open. Olympic is a beautiful monster. pic.twitter.com/wURxKrmhZl
— Brandel Chamblee (@chambleebrandel) June 2, 2021
Although the sight of the rough being watered always has us shaking our heads. One of the last lines of defence against under-par golf in modern-day professional golf.
— Caddie Network (@CaddieNetwork) June 15, 2021