Golf: Worksop’s Lee Westwood unhappy over US Open course

Jordan Spieth watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay

Jordan Spieth watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay

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Lee Westwood shared the view of Masters champion Jordan Spieth after both fell foul of the flexible course set-up at Chambers Bay, Tacoma, USA.

The 18th hole was played as a 617-yard par five in the first round and a 514-yard par four in the second, with the first hole a par four on Thursday and par five on Friday to maintain a par of 70.

Spieth labelled it a “dumb hole” as a par four after carding a double-bogey six in his 67, while Westwood was four under par for the day before taking a triple-bogey seven to card a 69 and finish two over.

“Played great today. Shame about 18,” Westwood wrote on Twitter.

“I know I made triple but it’s a stupid par 4 and a great par 5.”

Westwood and Spieth both found sand off the tee, with the Englishman then coming up short of the green with his third short and taking four more shots to get down.

Spieth, who still set the clubhouse target on five under par, had earlier said: “I think 18 as a par four doesn’t make much sense.

“You can hit it down the left centre of the fairway and still end up in the right bunker in trouble.

“There’s a group of about 10, 12 guys that can fly it 310 yards that have an entirely different hole to play there. For anybody else you have to hit it in a five or six-yard area.”

*Chambers Bay has been slammed by Gary Player as “one of the worst golf courses I’ve seen in my 63 years as a pro.”

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