Following his opening round at the U.S. Senior Open the 2008 U.S. Open runner-up had some harsh words, as we mentioned earlier in the Morning 9.
Not for the USGA, mind you, but for the players who based U.S. golf’s governing body for the setup at Shinnecock Hills.
Mediate his U.S. Senior Open with a 2-under 68 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, but he was just heating up as the round concluded. Always a character, never one to mince words, here’s what he said about player comments about Shinnecock’s setup and conditioning.
“Truthfully, it’s all been a bunch of bull(expletive), what I’ve heard, complete horse(expletive). I’ll say it again if you want me to.”
“Here’s the deal – here’s the deal, two weeks ago: If you don’t like how it was set up, A, hit better shots; B, don’t come. Don’t come. Someone will take your place. It’s real, real simple. Now you’re getting me mad.”
“They’re talking about, well, you just shot 10 feet right of the pin, rolled into the bunker. Hit it left of the pin, then, OK? Because everybody’s got to play the golf course.”
“Let me ask you this question, too. Remember the one about the golf course changed from the morning – have you ever played one that didn’t? Of course it’s going to change. That’s what it’s supposed to do.”
“Sometimes it can get softer in the afternoon. Sometimes it gets firmer…What I heard that week made me want to throw up, basically. Just shut up, play. Because I guarantee you that trophy, that beautiful trophy they give away, this week and two weeks ago, is way worth the crap you have to go through to win it. It is. I haven’t done that yet, but it is. I had this much on it. It was worth the try.”
What do you think, GolfWRX members? Does Rocco appropriately represent the old-school, hardline U.S. Open contingent’s perspective, or is he off base?