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It will be difficult even for the USGA to ruin the US Open. US On Pebble Beach

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The US Open has been a rough patch in the last five years, but this week at Pebble Beach

The identity of the United States Open is that it is a beautiful disaster. If you play in it or try to host it, it's fun to enjoy all the regrets, tension and occasional incompetence. The last five years, however, have presented a mixture of bad luck, lack of time and total mismanagement that has left many strong voices among the players, the national championship, to the point of a serious discussion about a boycott.

The consistency of that beautiful mess has left the USGA, and many objective observers, feeling that they have a smooth career in 2019. John Bodenhamer, the new man in charge of setting the course, did not dodge the weight of this opportunity on the front of they, describing it as "critical" that the championship goes off without the controversies that involved at least three of the last four US Open. UU Fortunately, it feels like a week that will go well for everyone involved: the USGA, the best players in the world and those who watch.

The strength of Pebble Beach
When you walk through Pebble Beach, you should remember in a timely manner. That you're not one of those Soaring Around the World rides at Disney. But that's where you're standing and where your feet are connected to the earth. This is not original and is not as eloquent as the descriptor of "The happiest reunion of the earth and the sea in creation" by Robert Louis Stevenson, but it should be said that it is a trillionth time. Photos and prose will never do justice to the walk.

The landscape is obviously what makes it special, but the variety of that landscape takes it to the next level. There is a relatively small monotony in beauty, so you can not get it. You are not contemplating the same amazing sight that could numb you, but a variety of carousel that keeps you stimulated and present. relatively slow riding the coast, some that climb, others that fall, and others that can not be seen in the ocean. There are beaches, coves, cypresses, rocks, wildlife and California peaks that dive off the coast in the distance.

There are architecture experts that will make it perfect or it could be better even with a variety of design views. That does not mean it's excellent, sui generis, and possibly the best scenario for the national championship in the country. It is special and different to have this championship here and it will be shown both on television and on the ground. Also, by itself, it has some deference when it comes to criticizing the championship as a whole.

An open US configuration
There was a little characteristic quiet this week. Players feel the conditioning of the course and are not particularly concerned about a hole or specific area of ​​the USGA that could be exceeded (at least in their eyes). The tone has been universally complimentary, but again, Phil Mickelson has been hiding and has never made a media center.

We heard last year at Shinnecock that the modern tools and technology to test the conditions and the firmness of the courses made a repeat of the 2004 debacle there. Then we still had players who rebelled on Saturday and say that the USGA "lost" the course. This year, it's hard to see. The cutting lines are different from those of AT & T Pro-Am. They play every February here on the PGA Tour, but the professionals have to take the narrow streets without much fuss. The rough is thick, but we are not receiving hyperventilated videos from social networks that show that it is unacceptable or out of control as we have done in recent years.

A sudden change in climate can create an unexpected disaster. But even there, they seem ready. They are the "loser" course, thus avoiding the course to avoid the way in which they communicate to the players so that they can syringe the greens during the game.

Last year it felt like the best major championship course in America. Then there was Saturday's circus Phil Mickelson and the players who were screaming and we had another USGA fiasco, maybe exaggerated in real time.

"I think we should give them the chance to redeem themselves," said Rory McIlroy two weeks ago. "If they can not redeem themselves at Pebble Beach, then there was a problem." It really feels like this setting and this scene, and this year they are impassable and it is a year in which they will be "redeemed". But we have thought that before, and the golf gods, the tour professionals who compete happily and the mistakes of the USGA have been designed to create drama. If this happens this week, then it is a stroke of cosmic bad luck or the USGA has really done it and spoiled it.