Fans wasted no time in roasting this year’s U.S. Open venue; just moments after the 123rd edition of the famed major reached its conclusion on Sunday.
Judging by golf fans’ reactions, the 2023 U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club is set to go down as one of the most unpopular host venues of all time.
The USGA may have swung and missed big time by awarding LACC its prized event. The 123rd U.S. Open will be known as the major that broke all kinds of records, and not in a good way, at least judging by how the event was received by golf fans across social media just moments after Wyndham Clark became a major champion for the very first time.
The 29-year-old won the 2023 Wells Fargo Championship last month at Quail Hollow for his first PGA Tour win. On Sunday, he became the lowest-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking to win the Jack Nicklaus Medal since Graeme McDowell won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2010.
U.S. Open records fall like dominoes at LACC.
Rickie Fowler, who agonizingly missed out on another golden opportunity to break through the major barrier this week, certainly left his mark on this year’s major. The 34-year-old superstar has had a resurgent year in 2023, and he carried that momentum into the year’s third major championship.
Fowler, alongside Xander Schauffele, broke the major’s single-round record during their opening rounds’ at Los Angeles Country Club this week. LACC came under immediate fire after a pair of 62s led the way at what is annually supposed to be ‘golf’s toughest test’.
While scoring proved more difficult in the coming days, the U.S. Open records continued to fall like dominoes. Fowler once again etched his name in the history books after he tied the mark for the lowest 36-hole tally in U.S. Open history on Friday, and broke the record for the most birdies at the halfway point.
Rory McIlroy, whose wait for another major win goes on, broke the record for the lowest 72-hole score at the U.S. Open by a player who didn’t win as Justin Ray alluded to.
Big stars coming up just short this week in Los Angeles, along with records being broken left, right, and center, an uninspiring environment with ‘capacity limitations’ for the major in LA, and a relatively unknown winner of the year’s third major provided the perfect recipe for fans to vent their frustrations with the USGA.
Fans Roast 2023 U.S. Open on Social Media.
If there is one thing that the 123rd U.S. Open can lay claim to it’s that it certainly got people talking. Just wait until they hear that the major is scheduled to return to Los Angeles Country Club in 2039…Yikes!