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See how tough the conditions are at Oakmont in pros’ social media videos

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Unlike last time the U.S. Open was contested at Oakmont in 2007 — when Twitter was barely a year old, Instagram had yet to be conceived, and Facebook was but a toddler –many of today’s pros have a robust presence on social media this time around.

And even the “Dogginit, why don’t they spend more time practicing and less time taking selfies?” orientated among us have to be interested in the unfiltered look at conditions at Oakmont ahead of its record ninth turn as a U.S. Open venue.

Fortunately, with the players beginning to arrive in the Keystone State, the game’s best are treating us to some unique looks at Oakmont’s dense rough, which is rumored to be 5 to 6 inches long in spots, and glass-tabletop-fast greens.

Here, Justin Thomas shows you just how rough the rough is near Oakmont’s 17th green.

Rough short of 17 green… Yeah, I’d say Oakmont is ready ???? @usopengolf

A video posted by Justin Thomas (@justinthomas34) on

Keegan Bradley offered this shot, seemingly from directly over his ball in the rough (we still can’t find it).

Can u find the ball? #ipromisethereisone #oakmont

A photo posted by Keegan Bradley (@keeganbradley1) on

Graeme McDowell offered this video on Twitter featuring the AP’s Doug Ferguson. While the video may be more indicative of Doug’s short-game talents than the rough length, it does give an indication what players will be looking at around the putting surface.

Rickie Fowler snapped (that’s what the kids call it, right?) this video, and Golf Digest was on the ball in saving and posting it to their Instagram. The central dramatic element of the video: the other co-star this week at Oakmont along with the rough: green speeds.

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  1. Troy

    Jun 14, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Amazing how thick it is, it’s typical US Open rough that’s for sure.

    Hopefully we won’t here any of the players complaining about it during the tournament as they know what they are in for. It’s a US Open after all!

  2. George

    Jun 14, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    That greenside rough is just sick. Didn’t we have the same discussion about the scores last year? This is how it’s supposed to be. The scores wouldn’t be much lower if they had to putt on really slow greens e.g. 5-6 on the stimpmeter.
    But this rough only works with ball spotters, cameras and other bystanders. Imagine playing your casual Saturday morning round there. Miss the fairway or the green from 150yds and you’re looking into 5 min of ball searching. Nit exactly what speeds up the game.
    Just my 2 cents.

  3. leon

    Jun 14, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    The course is tough and intimidating for sure. It will be a great test for the player’s skill, strategy and mental strength. But it is also fair to everyone. The best wins, the coward complains.

  4. cgasucks

    Jun 14, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Grab the popcorn…

  5. Scooter McGavin

    Jun 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Interesting seeing the two distinct camps of people. People who want to see the pros have ideal conditions and shoot -20, and people who want to see the best players in the world contending with the most difficult conditions in the world. Isn’t that partly what pro golf is for? Yes, the conditions are way too ridiculously hard for any amateur golfer, but if there is anyone up to the challenge it’s these pros. I, for one, occasionally get bored watching 50 players in a row drive it 310yds to an open fairway, PW to green, and then the only contest is to see which players can 1-putt.

  6. cody

    Jun 14, 2016 at 9:59 am

    ridiculous. seem so pointless to make it ungodly hard, for the sake of making it hard. it does not produce an interesting event nor does it allow the best to rise.

  7. Fb

    Jun 14, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Idiot. They’re planning to hit it deeper on purpose so that the ball would land in the trampled areas where the fans are walking. And, if they’re smart, they can also hit it into the next fairway over on some holes to cut the corners as there aren’t many OBs, and there aren’t many trees on this course since they cut them all away to make it look like it did back when they first built it

  8. Svv

    Jun 13, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I hope they can still hit drivers of the tee or why play

  9. Marc

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Fantastic stuff , can’t wait till we have some of those conditions up here in Winnipeg . Maybe middle of July . It’s always fun trying to find conditions like that and drop a ball in them and give it a whirl!

  10. M smizzy

    Jun 13, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Looks awesome. The open is about identifying the best golfer in the world and their ability to mentally navigate tough conditions. Think about when Toget won at pebble. Can’t eat for the tourney to begin!

    • Old Tom Morris

      Jun 13, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Nonsense. Everybody will be gouging a sand wedge out to the fairway from 6″ rough. This tournament will identify the best at pitching and putting the icy greens. If you are looking to identify the best golfer in the world, better hope Jordan, Rory, or Jason’s short game light it up.

      • Old Tom Morris

        Jun 13, 2016 at 8:39 pm

        I get it about the importance of mental toughness and composure in any major, and agree. Tiger was dominant in all aspects of the game. Here, I think GIR will be relatively low, with a premium put on the ability to get the ball up and down.

      • Shel

        Jun 14, 2016 at 11:57 am

        I caddied here for the US Women’s Open. You’ll be laying up out of the fairway bunkers anyway as they are way too deep. So rough, bunker, it’s the same diff.

  11. Scott

    Jun 13, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Last time it was held here Cabrera won with a score of +5 for the tournament. Only six players finished better than +10. More than half the field that made the cut was +15 or worse. To me that’s not entertaining, nor real golf. A number of guys right around par, that’s a tournament. Watching everybody bleed and seeing who can cover their wounds most effectively: not awesome.

    • TheStylist

      Jun 13, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Scott… How do you mean 5 over isn’t golf? Let’s look at what golf really is. Old Tom Morris won his first Open with a score of 163 over the course of 36 holes (3 twelve hole rounds) thats an average of ~4.5 strokes a hole!
      Or consider that he tied Alan Robertson’s record low score at St. Andrews with a 79…. That is golf. A chessmatch with the course.
      -20 winning scores is not golf. It is a sport, but not the one that was played and called golf originally.

    • Ne

      Jun 14, 2016 at 2:21 am

      Golf is not supposed to be entertaining.
      I grew up playing courses that only had this type of rough on both sides, and with trees. If you missed it 10 yards off fairway, you were dropping a provisional. That’s how golf is really supposed to be, but with the crowds and camera angles in Pro golf tournaments the courses can’t be that narrow or thick is why people see such low scores.
      In defense of the USGA, though, ALL golf should be like this, truth be told. And they wouldn’t have to make the courses 7000 yards, they can go back to being 6500, it would be long enough as there’ll be enough lost balls to raise the scores, and the long hitters will have to become accurate hitters instead

    • steve

      Jun 14, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Dont you shoot 20 over, oh thats right not real golf

  12. KTM2000

    Jun 13, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I think every competition should end as the winner playing the weekend to par. The optimal score.

  13. OH

    Jun 13, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Making a course this insanely difficult is too over the top. It’s very likely that even the best in the world will struggle to break par this week.

    • Artie

      Jun 13, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Going to be like watching a train wreck, just like last year. Another venue ruined by the USGA.
      PGA at Baltisrol this year will be a better tournament hosted by a far superior group.

  14. RG

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Looks easy enough…

  15. Robert

    Jun 13, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Wow, just wow.

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Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

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Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

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All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

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