There will be a lot of opinions both before and after the tournaments on the USGA's decision to stage the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open on consecutive weeks in June a couple hours up the road in Pinehurst, N.C.
LPGA star Michelle Wie gave her thoughts on the consecutive events this past week during an interview on Golf Channel's Morning Drive.
“I have thought a lot about it," Wie said. "I think it is very interesting to see how it plays out. Pinehurst No. 2 has a lot of great history, and if all else fails I heard there is a lot of other Pinehursts that we can play.”
On her playing the U.S. Women’s Open on the same course as the U.S. Open the week prior: “I have a little bit of concerns here and there, but at the same time I know the USGA will do a great job and they are smart and they know what they are doing. I’m sure when we tee it up on Thursday it is going to be in tip-top condition and we won’t even know there was a men’s tournament even there. Hopefully all the fans will stay after watching the U.S. Open. I think it will be great for fans because it is a one stop for two tournaments. So I think we will have a bigger gallery for our event which is a definite plus for us.”
On watching the U.S. Open the week prior to the U.S. Women’s Open: “I definitely will watch how they play and where to avoid and where to go. I’ll definitely be watching golf that week, which is a change for me.”
If the USGA is able to pull it off with the course conditions they covet, it could be a great two weeks for the game. If it doesn't come off as planned, it could be disastrous, especially for the LPGA Tour if the greens get burnt out during the men's tournament.
Let's hope all goes well.