More risk than reward on par 5s during Round 1


BETHESDA, Md. – Interesting set-up note for Round 1 at the U.S. Open.

According to U.S. Golf Association executive director Mike Davis the back tee is being used at the par-5 sixth hole, making the hole play at about 573 yards. Yet on the official scorecard the hole is listed at 555 yards. Sounds like more risk than reward to GolfTalkCentral.

The tee markers were also placed near the tips at the two other par 5s, Nos. 9 and 16, a likely sign the USGA is guarding against a Day 1 scoring onslaught fueled by softer-than-expected conditions. With just 12 players under par so far at Congressional the powers seem to have it right.