The bigger concern for Cog Hill officials and their bid to land a U.S. Open – or Olympic golf, whichever comes first – is a general indifference from the Tour’s rank-and-file following last week’s dry run.
It goes without saying Woods has a soft spot for the Dubsdread layout, he’s won five times, finished second twice and recorded nine top 10s in 11 starts as a pro on the Chicagoland staple, and much of the Rees Jones tinkering was well received. As an Open venue, however, Cog Hill still has some work to do.
“I hit the same club on all four par 3s during the pro-am,” Phil Mickelson said. “That wouldn’t pass Architecture 101.”
The reshaped greens also concerned many players.
“It has the length (to host a U.S. Open), but with U.S. Open conditions it would be a little ridiculous,” Sean O’Hair said. “This week the greens weren’t all that fast, but with Open conditions the place could be unplayable.”
Cog Hill is a perfect fit for the U.S. Golf Association, a public facility in the Midwest, but it seems Jones still has some work to do before the players give an unqualified endorsement.