Golf: Player slams US Open Chambers Bay course as 'one of the worst I've ever seen'

TACOMA, United State (AFP) - Gary Player has blasted the USGA for bringing the US Open to Chambers Bay saying many of the players are happy to shake the sand off their shoes and head home after missing the cut.

The South African great pulled no punches in an interview with the Golf Channel as the nine-time major winner described Chambers Bay as "one of the worst golf courses I've ever seen".

"I'll tell you what - there have never been so many people to miss the cut that are so happy to go home," said the former US Open champion who now works as a golf course designer and consultant.

"This has been the most unpleasant golf tournament I've seen in my life. I mean, the man who designed this golf course had to have one leg shorter than the other."

Player said the quirky links-style Chambers Bay course, carved out of a hill overlooking the scenic Puget Sound, had too many gimmicky greens, dramatic elevation changes and slippery fescue slopes that have taken its toll on the caddies and spectators.

"This is devastating. To see a man miss the green by one yard and end up 50 yards down there, caddies falling and hurting their ankles and knees, players falling. This is terrible," he said.

"You go to Augusta, they've got undulating greens, but they're playable. Did you see how these pros were three-putting yesterday one after the other?

"It's unbelievable seeing a man have a putt from 20 feet and he's hitting it 20 feet to the right."

Player is not alone in his criticism. Some of the PGA Tour pros have been speaking out as well this week.

Reigning Masters champion Jordan Spieth, called the 18th "the dumbest hole" he's ever played and his co-leader Patrick Reed likened the pin placement on the hole to "Mickey Mouse golf".

Another, Henrik Stenson, compared the greens to putting on "broccoli".

Then, there are others like Phil Mickelson who are more diplomatic, saying they like the course.

Player also slammed Fox television, who are broadcasting the event on TV for the first time, for not being more honest and forthright about the conditions facing the US Open golfers.

"I would really love.... if we could take the announcers that are announcing on this tournament and give them a lie detector and see if they're telling the truth on television. I'd love to see that," he said.

Caddies are not the only casualties of the rough terrain at Chambers Bay as a number of spectators have also been treated for ankle injuries.

The USGA said they received a number of complaints from golf fans about a lack of course access and so are going to open up additional crossing spots and viewing areas for fans who prefer to walk the course as part of a gallery.

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