The 2012 United States Open proved once again that it is indeed the toughest test in championship golf.
The winning score of one-over par is exactly what the United States Golf Association was hoping it would be after last year’s demolition of Congressional by Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.
While the rough was not super long, it certainly was lush and thick. The greens were rock hard and not real receptive to anything but the best of shots.
One change from past years was the fact the greens seemed to actually slow down a touch between rounds. Not being as fiery—combined with the first six holes being so difficult they played at plus-1,109 for the week—caused the best players in the world to be off their putting game early, as they tried to find the right combination of speed and line to save par.
All of the official World Golf Rankings Top 25 played at Olympic Club. Some had great weeks while others just were surprisingly bad.
If the USGA were to actually grade players based on the player’s expectations and actual performance for the week, then these might be the grades the sports toughest taskmaster might have handed out.
The rankings are based on what they were coming into the tournament and not the new rankings that came out this morning.
Like the cruel teacher who always handed back tests by the better test grade, that is how tests will be handed back here.