Report: Some Players Angry At USGA For No-Warmup Rule Following Delay

According to ESPN’s lead golf writer, Bob Harig, some players are voicing anger at the United States Golf Association for not allowing any warm-ups between the multiple weather delays.

Three of the players named in the report were Jordan Spieth, Danny Willett, and Shane Lowry.

Harig Writes: 
Masters champion Danny Willett and defending U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth were among those who started the first round at Oakmont Country Club and then were cleared from the course in the morning due to dangerous weather in the area. When play resumed after a 1 hour, 19 minute delay, the players were not allowed to hit warm-up shots on the driving range or putts on the putting greens. And the rules of golf do not allow you to practice on the course.

Spieth: “It’s a challenge not being able to warm up, going out there and trying to hit tee shots at the U.S. Open. But it is what it is.

Jordan Spieth lines up his putt on the 12th hole during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania on June 16, 2016. Credit: EPA/ Erik S. Lesser

Willett: “We sat in a cabin for an hour and 10 minutes behind the seventh tee without being given a chance to hit any balls or do anything. It’s not like you’re playing a Sunday medal; you’re in a U.S. Open. They don’t give you a chance to even hit a few balls.”

Lowry: “It was a shame. I mean, we were out in a cover beside the seventh tee. There weren’t many seats available. We were standing there for well over an hour. And it wasn’t ideal, but I went back out there. I felt OK. I kind of normally don’t need to warm up that much, which is good for me, but I imagine some of the older guys might have been feeling it.”

Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.

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