A Busy Day on Planet Daly

By Mercer BaggsJanuary 18, 2006, 5:00 pm
The Daly Planet'Hate' is a very strong word. But its probably not strong enough to describe John Dalys affections towards flying. He travels from tournament to tournament, engagement to engagement in a 45-foot motor home as often as possible. And if he must fly then a private jet is the only option. You wont see him on a commercial plane. And you will never, ever, ever, not for a million Marlboros and 100 cases of Miller Lite, see him in a helicopter. Not again.
 
Last August, while doing an exhibition in which he attempted to drive a golf ball from one side of Niagara Falls to the other, Daly was told that he would need to take a helicopter from the Canadian side to the New York side to do an interview. It was to be a four-minute journey.
 
He reluctantly agreed.
 
The pilot told John, Dont worry. Weve never had a problem with this helicopter. It was like telling him that he hadnt missed a 4-footer in a month. The jinx had been set.
 
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'The Daly Planet' shows the good, the bad and the scary in John Daly's life.
The chopper went up. And then to the right. And even more to the right. An alarm went off signaling an overheated engine. The sound could have been a flatline on Daly heart. The man was scared. Like a 6-year-old watching 'The Exorcist' scared.
 
What happened next can be seen Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. ET, when his new reality show, 'The Daly Planet,' debuts on The Golf Channel.
 
This will be Episode 1 of a scheduled 13. Its a very personal look into a man who has lived a very public life.
 
Last week, Daly partook in a media tour to promote the show. He did four different talk and sports shows in Los Angeles before taking a red-eye ' on a private jet ' to do three more in New York.
 
His first stop in L.A. was at the Tribune Studios off of Sunset Boulevard.
 
Daly arrives there around 8:30 Tuesday morning with his wife, Sherrie, and his 6-year-old son, Austin. About an hour later hes accessed into the building to tape a segment for ESPN Hollywood.
 
Before he does his promotional interview with host Thea Andrews, he first joins Gene Simmons in an office for another taped segment called Hook-up, in which one celebrity interviews another.
 
This time, Simmons is the interviewer. Theyve never met before, but Daly does have a guitar signed by the KISS frontman and guitarist Paul Stanley.
 
The 20-minute session can be described in but one word: surreal.
 
Topics stray well outside the boundaries of golf and into marriage and sex and all things men and women.
 
Daly has been married four times; Simmons none. The latter tells the former, Ive been happily unmarried to the same woman for 22 years. Those two decades dont involve monogamy, however, and Simmons tells Daly all of his reasons why.
 
When Simmons emerges from the room, he provides a classic rock star moment. He sees an attractive public relations woman working with Daly on this trip and says confidently and smarmily, Hello. I like girls.
 
'I know you do,' she responds. As he walks away, she adds, 'Creepy.'
 
Daly goes on to do his interview with Andrews and it takes roughly 18 minutes. The questions are mostly relegated to the show. He tells his helicopter story and talks about some of the things that they had to cut out of the show. They also go into his charitable work and who is the best celebrity golfer (former hockey player Dan Quinn, Daly says). Its entertaining and informative (Daly reveals that hes a neat freak). Nothing too edgy.
 
Thats to come.
 
After wrapping up the first quarter of his interview set, Daly and company pile into a black, stretch Hummer limousine thats just big enough for all in tow, including luggage and camera equipment.
 
The company consists of Dalys family and the film crew who has been documenting his life over the last eight months, as well as me.
 
Its barely past 11 a.m., but this is the only time for lunch. Were pointed to a Mexican restaurant which can accommodate. While eating, Cleveland Browns running back Ruben Droughns stops by to say hi. Daly takes notice of his watch, which has enough bling to make the late Liberace blush.
 
After an hour of decent and filling dining, we head back to the same studio lot for the next show, Jim Rome is Burning.
 
This ones got Daly a little nervous. For one, this interview is live. And though hes never met Rome, the gregarious, goateed one has been highly critical of Daly on past shows. But Rome proves all bark in ones absence and no bite in ones presence.
 
Before the interview, Daly is shuttled up three flights of stairs, which proves to be the most frivolous trip of all time. They want to pretty him up. I dont do make-up, Daly says flatly. And thats that. Back down stairs.
 
At 1:34, Daly goes live with Rome. The questions barely skim the surface of Dalys storied and notorious past. Instead they mostly focus on his playing career, the show and his generosity off the course. It goes quite well from Dalys standpoint. It even lasts two segments, marking the first time Rome has ever done an extra session with an in-studio guest.
 
Daly admits, I feel I should have won a lot more than I have Im nowhere near where I should be; as well as, When youve got four kids, you tend to chill out a little. He also says that he broke his right hand last November when his brother slammed it in a door.
 
The second segment ends and the two shake hands. Rome tells Daly that what he really wants to see is the stuff on the editing room floor.
 
On his way back to the limo, Daly does a pre-interview with a producer from The Tony Danza Show, which he is slated to do Wednesday in New York. He will also do 'Fox & Friends and Late Night with Conan OBrien, as well as a phone interview with the Dan Patrick Show and a sit-down interview at lunch with a reporter from the New York Times.
 
It all begins at 8 a.m. ET ' just enough time for him to arrive in N.Y., take a shower and change clothes.
 
At the present, however, its 2:12 p.m. PT, and Daly still has two more shows to do before flying out.
 
His next destination is 20th Century Fox Studios for The Best Damn Sports Show Period.
 
We arrive 40 minutes later and get checked in through security. After a pleasant stay in a waiting room filled with sodas and sweets and fruits and cheeses, and ex-athletes, its time for the show, which is taped live.
 
At 4:20, Daly is introduced on the show following a Planet promo featuring the helicopter incident. There is a live studio crowd being pumped up by a hyperactive stage manager, who is choreographing their laughter. He's like a bald and bearded Richard Simmons. Its very high energy.
 
Its also Dalys best performance. He appears laid back and very relaxed. Not that he was uncomfortable or unhappy before, but he definitely enjoys this one more than the previous two.
 
As if to 1-up Rome, Best Damn keeps Daly on for three segments. In the first one, he sits down with host Chris Rose and show regulars, former basketballer John Salley, former footballer Rodney Peete, and former baseballer Rob Dibble.
 
They talk more about the show and his career. They also bring up Michelle Wie (Daly thought she would make the cut at the Sony Open) and who his buddies are on tour (he mentions Pat Perez and Jason Gore, among others).
 
In the second segment, they move to another area of the studio, where Daly analyzes the 6-foot, 11-inch Salleys swing. He does the same for Peete, who was a quarterback, before hitting one himself. His son then takes a club and whacks one into the center of the net. Hyper Boy pumps up the crowd and they go to break.
 
The third block consists of a Big Break-style challenge in which Daly has 45 seconds to break three panes of glass. If he does, his name will go on their Wall of Flame, which is a reference to the sports-energy drink which sponsors the segment.
 
At first they give Daly a driver. This will never work, because the panes of glass only stand about 3 feet high. Daly takes a 7-iron instead, and after missing on his first three tries, he break the middle pane on his fourth attempt, the left pane on his fifth, and the right pane on his sixth.
 
The sixth ball, by the way, breaks the glass but also ricochets off the frame and rockets backwards, just clearing Salleys head by inches.
 
Hyper Boy pumps up the crowd and they put up Dalys name alongside that of former linebacker Hugh Douglas and basketball bad boy Ron Artest. Some prize.
 
At 4:57, we finally leave the Fox Studio and head to the Hyatt Hotel for CMI: Chris Myers Interview.
 
We take the elevator up to room 816, where Myers' crew has everything ready to go. Daly gets micd up and again avoids make-up (You cant make me look pretty, baby, he tells the make-up girl).
 
They begin the interview at 5:19 and it starts with most of the same questions hes already answered. But then the edge, the one that he had expected with Rome, enters the conversation.
 
Myers asks him why he hasnt won more, about his past marriages (Daly says this one works because, We love each other a little more than we hate each other), and what advice he would give his youngest son, Little John, 2, if he should ever play professionally (Just dont do what daddy did, Daly says).
 
The total interview lasts about 25 minutes and is broken into three segments, of which No. 2 cuts the deepest.
 
It starts innocently enough, with Myers asking about the show. Daly says that there are no skeletons in my closet. And that opens up a big door.
 
Myers riffles one question after another about Dalys past ' his drinking, his depression, his relationships. Its not done in a rude or ruthless manner; its more of a this-is-what-youve-done-how-do-you-explain-it manner. To his credit, Daly answers them all and never shows any signs of discomfort. He says that the longest he has gone without drinking was from a period in 1992-96. He says that he still drinks beer, but that he avoids hard liquor.
 
The final segment is much tamer. They talk about what his favorite club is in his bag (Daly says its the L-wedge, not his driver). They also talk about his golfing roots. Daly says that he always wanted to win like Jack (Nicklaus) and play (fast) like Fuzzy (Zoeller) or (Lee) Trevino.' In a word association game, Myers says, Tiger. Daly responds, Will be the greatest. Myers says, Jack Nicklaus. Daly responds, Is still the greatest.
 
They talk about the future of the game and Daly says that he intends to play golf until Im 6 feet under. And thats that.
 
Daly and Myers shake hands, no hard feelings.
 
Its 5:57, roughly 9 hours after the day of questioning and promoting and cramming eight people, luggage and camera equipment into a black, stretch Hummer limousine began.
 
Daly slides back into the limo and gets ready to head for the airport. Unfortunately, this is where we part ways. Hes headed to Burbank to catch his private jet to N.Y. Im headed to LAX for seat 19A on Delta Song back to Orlando, Fla.
 
It was good, Daly says of the day. Things went well, I think. He then cracks open a Diet Coke and falls back into his seat.
 
And with that he's off. Off to do it all again tomorrow. Just another day on John Daly's planet.
 
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    V-i-n-d-i-c-a-t-i-o-n: Repeat gives Koepka credit he deserves

    By Ryan LavnerJune 18, 2018, 2:08 am

    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – In an ironic twist Sunday, the last man to win consecutive U.S. Opens was tasked with chronicling Brooks Koepka’s final round at Shinnecock Hills.

    Carrying a microphone for Fox Sports, Curtis Strange kept his composure as the on-course reporter. He didn’t cough in Koepka’s downswing. Didn’t step on his ball in the fescue. Didn’t talk too loudly while Koepka lined up a putt.

    Instead, Strange stood off to the side, clipboard covering his mouth, and watched in awe as Koepka stamped himself as the best U.S. Open player of this next generation.

    And so after Koepka became the first player in 29 years to take consecutive Opens, Strange found himself fourth in the greeting line near the 18th green. He was behind Koepka’s playing competitor, Dustin Johnson. And he was behind Koepka’s father, Bob. And he was behind Koepka’s caddie, Ricky Elliott.

    But there Strange was, standing on a sandy path leading to the clubhouse, ready to formally welcome Koepka into one of the most exclusive clubs in golf.

    “Hell of a job, bud,” Strange barked in his ear, above the din. “Incredible.”

    That Koepka prevailed on two wildly different layouts, and in totally different conditions, was even more satisfying.

    Erin Hills, in Middle of Nowhere, Wis., was unlike any U.S. Open venue in recent memory. The wide-open fairways were lined with thick, deep fescue, but heavy rain early in the week and the absence of any significant wind turned golf’s toughest test into the Greater Milwaukee Open. Koepka bashed his way to a record-tying score (16 under par) and over the past year has never felt fully appreciated, in large part because of the weirdness of the USGA setup.   


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    Koepka doesn’t concern himself with that type of noise, of course, but when he arrived at Shinnecock earlier this week he felt a sense of familiarity. The generous fairways. The punishing venue. The premium on iron play.

    “It’s a similar feel,” Elliott said. “We said it all week.”

    A new, quirky venue like Erin Hills might not have been held in high regard, but the rich history of Shinnecock? It demanded respect.

    “He’s some player,” Strange said, “and I’m proud of him because there was some talk last year of Erin Hills not being the Open that is supposed to be an Open. But he won on a classic, so he’s an Open player.”

    “This one is a lot sweeter,” Koepka said.

    Those around the 28-year-old were shocked that he even had a chance to defend his title.

    Last fall Koepka began feeling discomfort in his left wrist. He finished last in consecutive tournaments around the holidays, then underwent an MRI that showed he had a torn ligament in his left wrist.

    Koepka takes immense pride in having a life outside of golf – he never watches Tour coverage on off-weeks – but he was downright miserable during his indefinite stint on the sidelines. He said it was the lowest point of his career, as he sat in a soft cast up to his elbow, binge-watching TV shows and gaining 15 pounds. The only players he heard from during his hiatus: Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson.

    “You just feel like you get forgotten,” Koepka said.

    During the spring, Elliott would occasionally drive from Orlando to Jupiter, Fla., to check on his boss. “He was down in the dumps,” he said. “That sort of injury he had, it didn’t seem like there was going to be an end. There was no timeframe on it, and that was the most frustrating thing.”

    After the Masters, Koepka told Elliott that his wrist was feeling better and that he was going to start hitting balls. Elliott brought his clubs to South Florida, and they played a few holes at The Floridian.

    “He was hitting it right on the button,” Elliott said. “I said, ‘Are you sure you haven’t been practicing?’ He hadn’t missed a beat. I have no idea how he does it. He’s just a tremendously talented guy.”

    In limited action before the Open, Koepka fired a trio of 63s, at TPC Sawgrass and Colonial. He’s never been short on confidence – as a 12-year-old he once told his dad that he was going to drop out of school in four years and turn pro – and he recently woofed to swing coach Claude Harmon III that he was primed to win sometime in May or June.

    “I said to him on the range this morning, ‘You were on your couch in January and February, not really knowing if you were going to be able to play here,’” Harmon said. “I think that’s why it means so much to him. That’s one of the reasons that he kept saying no one was more confident than him, because to get this opportunity to come back and play and have a chance to win back-to-back U.S. Opens, he was going to take advantage of it as best he could.”

    Koepka carded a second-round 66 to put himself in the mix, then survived a hellacious third-round setup to join a four-way tie for the lead, along with Johnson, the world No. 1 and his fellow Bash Brother.

    As much as Johnson is praised for his resilience, Koepka has proven to be equally tough in crunch time, especially in this major. There’s no better stage for Koepka to showcase his immense gifts than the Open, an examination that tests players physically, mentally and even spiritually. But Koepka, like Johnson, never joined the growing chorus of complainers at Shinnecock. The closest he came to criticizing the setup was this: “I think the course is very close.”

    Rather than whine, he said that he relished the challenge of firing away from flags. He accepted bad shots. He tried to eliminate double bogeys. Even after his wrist injury, Koepka showed no hesitation gouging out of the deep fescue, his ferocious clubhead speed allowing him to escape the rough and chase approach shots near the green, where he could rely on his sneaky-good short game.

    “He has the perfect game to play in majors,” Harmon said. “He probably plays more conservatively in majors. We’re always joking that we wish he would play the way he does in majors every week. I just think he knows how important pars and bogeys are. It says a lot about him as a player.”

    Johnson has many of the same physical and mental attributes, and they’ve each benefited from the other’s intense focus and discipline. They both adhere to a strict diet and are frequent workout partners, which even included a gym session on Sunday morning, before their penultimate pairing. They made small talk, chatting about lifting and how many of the Sunday pins were located in the middle of the green, but after they arrived at the course they barely said two words to each other.

    “They’re good friends on and off the course,” Harmon said, “but they definitely want to kick the s--- out of each other.”

    “That’s the way it’s supposed to be,” Strange said. “If they’re best buddies, well, you’re standing between me and the trophy. You don’t care much for him for 4 1/2 hours.”

    There was much at stake Sunday, but none more significant than Koepka’s march on history. Squaring off head-to-head against the game’s best player, Koepka outplayed Johnson from the outset, going 3 under for the first 10 holes to open up a two-shot lead. And unlike at Erin Hills, where he pulled away late with birdies, it was his par (and bogey) saves that kept Koepka afloat on Nos. 11, 12 and 14.  

    In the end, he clipped Fleetwood (who shot a record-tying 63) by one and Johnson by two.

    “You’ve got to give him a lot of credit,” Strange said, shaking his head. “He’s got a lot of guts.”

    As Koepka marched away to sign his card, Strange was asked if it was bittersweet to know that he’s no longer the answer to the trivia question, the last guy to go back-to-back at the Open.

    “Heck no!” he said. “What are they going to do, take one away? I’m a part of a group. And it’s a good group. I hope it means as much to him as it has to me.”

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    This time, Dad gets to enjoy Koepka's Father's Day win

    By Rex HoggardJune 18, 2018, 1:39 am

    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – When Brooks Koepka won his first U.S. Open last year at Erin Hills the celebration was relatively subdued.

    His family didn’t attend the ’17 championship, but there was no way they were missing this year’s U.S. Open.

    “This year we booked something about five miles away [from Shinnecock Hills]," said Koepka’s father, Bob. "We weren’t going to miss it and I’m so glad we’re here.”

    The family was treated to a show, with Koepka closing with a 68 for a one-stroke victory to become the first player since Curtis Strange in 1989 to win back-to-back U.S. Opens.


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    Koepka called his father early Sunday to wish him a happy Father’s Day, and Bob Koepka said he noticed a similar confidence in his son’s voice to the way he sounded when they spoke on Sunday of last year’s championship.

    There was also one other similarity.

    “Two years in a row, I haven't gotten him anything [for Father’s Day],” Brooks Koepka laughed. “Next year, I'm not going to get him anything either. It might bring some good luck.

    “It's incredible to have my family here, and my dad loves golf. To be here, he loves watching. To share it with him this time, it will be a little bit sweeter.”

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    Sunday drama won't overshadow USGA's issues

    By Randall MellJune 18, 2018, 1:30 am

    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – It looked like a British Open.

    It was playing like a U.S. Open.

    Through two rounds, Shinnecock Hills was double trouble in the best kind of way.

    It was a hybrid in the most appealing sense of golf course architecture’s ancient allure and its modern defenses.

    Halfway through, the USGA was nailing the setup, with Dustin Johnson the only player under par in one of the toughest but fairest tests in recent U.S. Open memory.

    This looked like it was going to be remembered as USGA CEO Mike Davis’ masterpiece, but even a Sunday to remember couldn’t trump a Saturday to forget.

    Sunday’s drama - with the history Brooks Koepka made becoming the first player in three decades to win back-to-back U.S. Opens, with Tommy Fleetwood’s 63 equaling Johnny Miller’s final round record - could not restore faith being lost in the USGA’s ability to set up and manage this championship.

    This U.S. Open ended with footnotes the size of headlines.

    The issues arising Saturday with the USGA losing control of the course raised even more troubling questions about why this organization’s heavy hand can’t seem to avoid becoming as much a part of the story as the competition.


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    The controversy that was ignited Saturday when Phil Mickelson intentionally incurred a two-shot penalty by making a putting stroke on a moving ball also raised questions about the organization’s ability to fairly administer its own rules.

    It’s a shame, because Davis has some good ideas.

    His reimagined vision of this championship as the “ultimate test” makes sense as a better and more complete event. His ideas are designed to identify the game’s most complete player on America’s best courses better than any other major.

    It’s just not working.

    This year’s failure in the wake of the ’04 debacle at Shinnecock Hills is especially worrisome. Davis vowed it wouldn’t happen again. Somehow, some way, he let it happen again.

    Maybe the old standards we’ve come to judge the U.S. Open upon are too high, impossible to meet with today’s more athletic player, high-tech coaching and space-age drivers, shafts and balls.

    Nobody ever protected par better than the USGA, but maybe par can’t be properly protected anymore, without tricking up a course.

    Because if USGA officials can’t make its exacting formula work at an architectural treasure like Shinnecock Hills, where they had it absolutely perfect for two days, you wonder if they can make it work at all.

    The testament to how the USGA was nailing its formula wasn’t in what we heard the first two days. It was in what we weren’t hearing. Only one player was under par through Friday, but there wasn’t a complaint to be heard in the locker room or on the range.

    They were wiping the smiles off players’ faces without infuriating them.

    In that regard, the USGA was delivering a miracle.

    The wonderful appeal Shinnecock Hills held as a U.S. Open/British Open hybrid at week’s start ended up being twisted into something else by week’s end. It stood as a symbol of the championship’s confusion over its proper identity.

    Even with Sunday’s compelling storylines unfolding, players were still frustrated over setup.

    Saturday was over the edge, with Davis admitting “there were parts of this, simply put, that were too tough.” He said winds were stronger than expected, but the winds weren’t that much different than were forecast.

    So USGA officials softened the course for Sunday, with more overnight watering and more friendly hole locations.

    That turned Shinnecock Hills into Jekyl and Hyde on the weekend.

    Scoring told the story.

    Rickie Fowler shot 84 on Saturday and 65 on Sunday. Fleetwood shot 78 and 63.

    They weren’t alone, even though the weather wasn’t as dramatically different as the scores would indicate.

    This wasn’t about the weather. It was about the course being manipulated in ways that frustrated players.

    “They soaked the hell out of it,” Pat Perez said after tying for 36th. “They’ve got all the pins in the middle.

    “It is supposed to gradually get to where it was Saturday afternoon. You don’t lose it on Saturday and then try to make up for it, soak the course and make it totally different.”

    Brandt Snedeker was equally befuddled playing drastically different conditions in weather that wasn’t so drastically different.

    “The thing that is unfortunate is that the guys that were playing the best golf this week took the brunt of it yesterday, when it should have been vice versa,” Snedeker said. “Some guys got robbed of a really good chance to win a golf tournament yesterday afternoon, which is not fair.”

    There were other issues that continued to challenge faith in the USGA.

    Despite later acknowledging it set up the course too tough in spots on Saturday, the USGA put players on the clock for slow play.

    The Mickelson penalty also raised issues.

    He got a two-shot penalty under Rule 14-5 (playing moving ball) when there was some outcry over whether he should have been penalized under Rule 1-2 (exerting influence), which would have opened the door to disqualification for a serious breach. The USGA rigorously defended 14-5 (playing moving ball) as the proper call.

    John Daly wasn’t disqualified for striking a moving ball in a similar instance at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst in 1999. He also got a two-shot penalty, but there was a difference in the situations that might have justified Mickelson’s disqualification.

    Daly said he intentionally hit a moving ball out of frustration, as protest over the USGA’s unfair hole locations.

    Mickelson said he intentionally hit a moving ball on the 13th green Saturday at Shinnecock Hills to try prevent his ball from rolling off the green. He said he knew the rules and was intentionally breaking them to gain an advantage. He compared it to using the rules to get a better lie with a drop, but there’s a difference between using the rules to your advantage and breaking them to gain an advantage.

    The difference in those motivations, as Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee pointed out, opened the interpretation of the violation as a serious breach worthy of disqualification.

    The question of whether Mickelson’s manipulation of the rules was serious enough to invoke disqualification as a breach of etiquette under Rule 33-7 was dismissed by the USGA as inappropriate.

    It should be noted that the USGA and R&A should be applauded for its monumental overhaul of the Rules of Golf, a rules modernization going into effect next year. It’s a welcomed simplification of the rules that required an exhaustive review.

    This week’s complications show the unrelenting challenges they continue to tackle.

    We leave this U.S. Open with history being made, with Koepka joining Ben Hogan and Curtis Strange as just the third players since World War II to win the title in back-to-back years.

    We also leave hoping the USGA can deliver four days of next year’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach as free of controversy as it delivered the first two days at Shinnecock Hills, because this year’s championship felt half baked.

    Will Gray contributed to this report.

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    Brandel rips USGA: 'There's no obvious leadership'

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 18, 2018, 1:29 am

    The 2018 U.S. Open will certainly be remembered for Brooks Koepka's successful title defense.

    But there's no doubt that it will also be remembered for Phil Mickelson's decision to hit a moving golf ball on Saturday, for the USGA's decision not to disqualify him, and for the governing body once again losing control of Shinnecock Hills over the weekend.

    Speaking on "Live From the U.S. Open" on Sunday night, analyst Brandel Chamblee took the USGA and its leadership to task for more than just the inconsistent playing conditions this week.

    His comments - edited and condensed for clarity - appear below:

    "Something was amiss in a big, big way [at Shinnecock Hills]. I think the USGA has lost a lot of the trust of the golf world. They've done it for numerous reasons.

    "On their watch, they missed COR – the rebound effect in drivers. They missed the rebound effect and the combination of the rebound effect [with] the ball. They missed it, on their watch. And now, the feeling is that they’re crying foul, even though it was on their watch. And so, essentially, the equipment companies got it done, by [the USGA’s] standards, legally.

    "On their watch, there have been huge mistakes in major championships. … We well know this one (Shinnecock in 2018) – a colossal mistake all the way across the board. The golf course was bumpy the first day; they didn’t quite get that right. It was awful the third day. And today, in a different kind of way, it was far too easy.

    "And then there’s penalties that they levy that make absolutely no sense, penalties that they don’t levy – not disqualifying Phil Mickelson yesterday. …

    "There seems to be no obvious leadership, you know, to me. No obvious leadership heading in the right direction."