The British Open is known for unforgiving conditions. That’s what makes it fun. Watching guys buried in impossible bunkers and weeds up to their waists is just good television. But apparently, it’s not all that fun for the actual golfers.
Ian Poulter took to Twitter to vent his frustrations following a meltdown over the final five holes that saw him post four bogeys.
Unfortunately the guys this afternoon will struggle with a few pin positions. 8th hole is a joke, 18th needs a windmill & clown face.— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 18, 2013
Phil Mickelson was also nonplussed.
"I got really lucky because I think the R&A was really worried about the scores going too low and so they used some really funky pin placements," Mickelson told ESPN. "They used some funny spots and about a third of every green has died, it's so brown. I hit two perfect shots on (No.) 18, left it in the exact spot I wanted to leave it, and I ended up just trying to lag it (and) it still went way by.
"Like I said, I got really lucky to play early because I at least had a fighting chance."
Mickelson specifically pointed out the pin placement at No. 8, which is in the front-right portion of the green Thursday. He also said, "I don't see anyone on the afternoon with a realistic chance (at shooting 69)."
"I thought it (the setup) was a little overdone and I feel bad for these guys that have to go out and play it (this afternoon) because they're at a distinct disadvantage," Mickelson said. "It's one of those elements where luck is always a factor, but this shouldn't have been the factor. The weather didn't come in; it's fine. It's just the way it (the golf course) was presented to us."
At least the scenery is beautiful.
[H/T: Huffington Post]