A look at tomorrow's pin placements for the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst
The caddies are concerned about the devilish pin placements for Sunday. "They are evil" one remarked. "Most are four or five paces from the fringe. They are not the most accessible." When asked if players, when faced with difficult chips might play to a point five or six feet from the hole he replied "That's the game plan. You saw alot of that today and you'll see alot tomorrow. Defensive golf."
Another caddie noted "The worst ones are 7 and 8. Seven is back right and its scary. Eight is back left and its scary." Eight is where john daly took an 11 after hitting a moving ball.
"The only holes you can attack are 1-4. That's it" he noted.
USGA Rules allow pins to be placed as close as four paces from the fringe and two paces from severe gradation changes. Such hole locations will require players to play to safe areas leaving 20-25 foot uphill putts which they will then lag to two or three feet short of the hole and try to save par.