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Tougher greens: Augusta or ... Oakmont?

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OAKMONT, Pa. – Augusta National Golf Club’s greens are famed for how they confound and confuse with their speed and undulations in a Masters week.

So are Oakmont Country Club’s in a U.S. Open.

What’s the difference?

Henrik Stenson says Oakmont’s can be more impossible to navigate.

“If you’re talking tough at Augusta, there’s always a shot to play where you can at least get it close,” said Stenson, who has seven finishes of T-4 or better in major championships but is still seeking to win his first. “Out here at Oakmont, there are some places where no matter how good a shot you hit, you can’t get it close.”

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Stenson said players have to understand there are hole locations at Oakmont that they just can’t challenge.

“There are some shots where you just have to back off,” Stenson said. “That’s the kind of discipline it takes to play here.”