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U.S. Open Notes: Chambers Bay greens draw some criticism

U.S. Open Notes: Chambers Bay greens draw some criticism

Call them "browns," because they are hardly green. The putting surfaces on the Chambers Bay golf course look like a quilted patchwork of grass, so splotchy that they seem in need of a good paint job. That's the nature of fescue grass, which can look a lot worse than it actually plays. Whether it's up to major championship standards is another question. Rory McIlroy hit the ball about as well as anybody from tee to green Thursday in the first round of the U.S. Open, but the world's top-ranked player missed many putts by an inch or two and needed an uncharacteristic amount (34) in shooting a disappointing two-over-par 72 that put him seven shots off the lead. ...

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