US Open Survey Results

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 9, 2008, 4:00 pm
2008 U.S. OpenEditor's Note: The following list of questions and answers was compiled over the past several weeks as through our daily Sprint Post Game poll questions regarding all things about the United States Open Golf Championship. These are the final results from our users.
 

 

 
2008 U.S. Open Poll Questions
 
1.) What do you like to see the winning score be at a U.S. Open:
 
Over par -- 17%
1-5 under -- 58%
6-9 under -- 19%
10 under or lower -- 6%
 
2.) Which was your favorite U.S. Open of the last 10 years?
Payne Stewart's win in 1999 -- 37%
Tiger's 15-shot runaway in 2000 -- 36%
Tiger's triumph at Bethpage in 2002 -- 18%
Ogilvy Wins, Phil Collapses in 2006 -- 9%
 
3.) Would you like to see more U.S. Opens played at public courses or private country clubs?
Public -- 79%
Private -- 21%
 
4.) Do you like the USGA's 18-hole playoff system to decide a winner?
Yes -- 48%
No -- 52%
 
5.) Will Masters champ Trevor Immelman make the cut at the U.S. Open?
Yes -- 39%
No -- 61%
 
6.) How will Tiger Woods fare at the U.S. Open after his extended layoff?
Miss the cut -- 3%
Make the cut, but not contend -- 19%
Top-10 Finish -- 48%
Win -- 28%

7.) Which of the upcoming U.S. Open venues are you most excited about?
Bethpage Black (2009) -- 42%
Pebble Beach (2010) -- 38%
Congressional (2011) -- 5%
Pinehurst (2014) -- 15%
 
8.) Do you think the USGA's Open set-ups are fair for the players?
Yes -- 70%
No -- 30%
 
9.) Which of these U.S. Open venues would you most like to play?
Pinehurst -- 16%
Pebble Beach -- 64%
Torrey Pines -- 5%
Oakmont -- 15%
 
10.) Will Phil Mickelson ever win a U.S. Open?
Of course, this year -- 9%
Of course, at some point -- 57%
No, he's snakebit -- 34%
 
11.) Which of these young foreign-born player has the best chance to win at Torrey Pines?
Sergio Garcia -- 31%
Adam Scott -- 44%
Luke Donald -- 16%
Paul Casey -- 9%
 
12.) If Tiger Woods doesn't win the U.S. Open will he get shut out in the majors this year?
Yes, 0-for-4 -- 25%
No, he'll win the Open Championship -- 23%
No, he'll win the PGA Championship -- 24%
No, he'll win each of the final two majors -- 28%
 
13.) What is the most difficult aspect of a U.S. Open?
Course length -- 0%
Narrow fairways -- 13%
Thick rough -- 62%
Slick greens -- 25%
 
14.) How should the USGA set up it's rough at an Open?
Graduated rough, getting higher the farther from the fairway -- 74%
It should all be one cut -- thick and nasty -- 26
 
15.) What's the best part about the U.S. Open?
The tough condititions and high scores -- 37%
That it's open to most anyone who can qualify -- 36%
The great course venues -- 22%
That it concludes on Father's Day -- 5%
 
16.) Where do you think the U.S. Open ranks in terms of tournament prestige among the four majors?
It's the best, bar none -- 21%
A close second -- 39%
Great tournament, but still third -- 32%
Least prestigious of the Big Four5%
 
17.) Do you think that you could break 100 on this year's U.S. Open site, under U.S. Open conditions?
Yes, no problem -- 39%
Not a chance -- 61%
 
18.) Who will fare the best this week out of the Big 3?
Tiger Woods -- 56%
Phil Mickelson -- 41%
Adam Scott -- 3%
 
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    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

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    Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

    Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

    Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

    “Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

    Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

    “When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

    Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

    “Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

    In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

    “Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

    Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

    “The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

    Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

    “Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

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    Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

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    LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

    LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

    LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

    LPGA pro Jennie Lee: