Leishman rips into organisers after US Open collapse
MARC Leishman has urged the USGA to take a leaf out of the PGA Tour's book to avoid ruining future US Opens, with a five-star list of upcoming venues including the iconic Pebble Beach.
The Australian world No.14 hit out at US Open organiser the USGA after a disastrous four days at Shinnecock Hills during which chief executive Mike Davis apologised for "going too far" with the severity of the course set-up.
With horrific pin placements and lightning-quick greens on a windy Long Island, big names who missed the 36-hole cut included top-10 players Jordan Spieth Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Australia's Jason Day, as well as three-time US Open winner Tiger Woods.
While Aaron Baddeley finished as leading Australian on Monday (AEST), posting a one- under 69 to earn a 12-over total, Leishman dropped four shots during a 74 that sank him to 15-over.
"You expect some bad stuff from the USGA usually but but they got it very wrong (in the third round) and then today it was soft with pins in the middle of greens," Leishman said.
"It was disappointing to play good for the first two rounds, go out late (on day three) and get our butts kicked."
With the US Open heading to California's famed Pebble Beach next year before being held at New York's Winged Foot and then Torrey Pines, Leishman says the US Tour - which does not run any of the four majors - needs to be involved.
"I have no expectations for anything to change; Pebble Beach I would expect to be exactly the same as (Shinnecock Hills)," Leishman said.
"(The USGA) need to get people who know what they're doing and set up the golf course right.
"Get guys from the PGA Tour to help them; I'm sure they'd be willing. They do it every week; you see (officials) putting balls late after play each day when the greens are quick to the following day's pin (placement)."
After Sunday's third round, Davis admitted the USGA dropped the ball after facing staunch criticism from players.
"It was a very tough test but probably too tough," he said.
"Well executed shots not only were not rewarded, but were penalised. "Frankly we missed it with the winds, it blew harder than we thought it would, and the speed of the greens were too much."