What happened at the US Open at Shinnecock Hills in 2004 and what have the organisers said about it?

The 2018 US Open has started at Shinnecock Hills but comparisons are already being made between it and the 2004 event.

Brookes Koepka won his first major title at the 2017 event at Erin Hills.

 Brooks Koepka won the US in 2017

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Brooks Koepka won the US in 2017

What happened at the 2004 US Open?

2004 was the last time the US Open was held at Shinnecock Hills. 

The par-three seventh green was called “unplayable”.

Due to high winds and dry conditions the course had to be watered during the last round after two players putted off the green.

Winner Retief Goosen and runner-up Phil Mickelson were the only golfers who finished under par.

Ernie Els – two-time US Open winner – called the seventh green “ridiculous” and “unplayable”.

What have the organisers said about the “farce”?

IN the run-up to the 2018 event, United States Golf Association boss Mike Davis said: “We look back on 2004 and we admit, we as an organisation erred.

“In that final round in 2004, we were seeing well-executed shots not only not rewarded but in some cases penalised. That’s not what we want.”

Davis, who was at the event, told the BBC recently: “When I took the flagstick out and walked back off the green, people started throwing things at me.

“I literally got hit by cups and paper and all sorts of things. It was dreadful. I still feel awful about it.”

When is the 2018 US Open?

THE US Open will be held at Shinnecock Hills. 

It will start on Thursday, June 14 and end of Sunday, June 18.

Brooks Koepka won in 2017 at Erin Hills – his first major title.

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