ATLANTA – More than two inches of rain saturated East Lake the last two days, making an already long golf course (7,307 yards) even longer, but it was the setup that irked some players more than Saturday’s soggy conditions.
Jordan Spieth said he hit driver and then 3-wood into the par-4 fifth hole (535 yards) on Day 3 and was still 51 yards short of the hole location.
“I was talking to Henrik [Stenson] walking to the sixth tee," said Spieth who leads Stenson by one through 54 holes. "I said, ‘That was not the right setup and that was a very dumb hole today.’”
“He goes, ‘Dumber than 18 at Chambers Bay as a par 4?’ And I said, ‘Yes. I believe so.’ I mean there was no chance.”
Spieth, who won the U.S. Open in June at Chambers Bay, was critical of the decision to alternate par on the final hole that week.
Just three players found the fifth green in regulation on Saturday at East Lake, and that was an improvement over Friday’s round when just one approach out of 28 reached the putting surface in two shots.
“If there was a way to put [the tee box] maybe up a little bit,” Stenson said. “It’s not often you see guys hitting driver, 3-wood and can’t reach on a par 4.”