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Oakmont's U.S. Open course is too hard to love, too good to hate

Oakmont's U.S. Open course is too hard to love, too good to hate

Geoff Ogilvy, the Australian who is the most eloquent of golfers, had the perfect description of Oakmont Country Club.

“We really should hate it,” he said, “because it’s so hard. But that’s impossible, because it’s so good.”

Oakmont, hosting a record ninth U.S. Open that begins Thursday, is a guilty pleasure for the U.S. Golf Assn. and fans of the game. In the Steel City, it allows us to sit in our comfy chairs and smirk as the best players in the world sweat and toil like weekend duffers.

The greens are as slick and sloping as those at Augusta National. Its thick, juicy rough is as gnarly as anywhere in the world. With...

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