Awkward changes for 11 US Open


BETHESDA, Md. – When play finishes on Sunday it will likely be the last time some players see Congressional’s Blue Course before the 2011 U.S. Open, so in some ways this week’s AT&T National is the ultimate scouting trip.

The Blue will close shortly after this week’s event and the greens rebuilt, but some new tee boxes that the U.S. Golf Association may use have already been installed, at Nos. 9 and 15 for example, giving players a glimpse at what may await in ’11.

“(Nos.) 15 and 9 seemed very awkward because they move away from the way the slope is,” said Jim Furyk, who has played in the last four Tour events played at Congressional (’97 U.S. Open, ’05 Booz Allen Classic and ’07 and ’08 AT&T Nationals). “They both slope left to right and the tee is going back to the left, which makes the tee shot a little bit more awkward.”

Awkward, just the way the USGA likes its championship layouts.