Wednesday, June 15, 2016

How Fast Are Those Oakmont Greens? This Fast

Good ol' Sam Snead was always quick with a quip, and he had a couple great ones about fast greens. Talking specifically about the greens at Oakmont Country Club, the Slammer said:

"The green on No. 2 is so fast when I marked my ball my coin slid downhill."

And another time (not sure if he was specifically talking about Oakmont when he said this, but he could have been), Snead said:

"The greens are so fast I had to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow."

Golfers showing up for the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont are getting to know that feeling. And there are several Vines and other videos shared on Twitter that show just what these golfers are up against:

But don't get the idea you can't make a putt at Oakmont. Sometimes the ball will find the hole:

And here's a look at those Oakmont greens directly from the USGA:

Is it any wonder the Oakmont greens inspired the invention of the Stimpmeter?

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