UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - Billy Horschel had a 9:56 a.m. tee time for his final round in the U.S. Open Sunday at Chambers Bay, but it wasn't until he completed a 3-under par 67 and arrived at the interview area that he really teed off.
It was obvious from Horschel's demonstrable actions throughout the round that he was upset with the condition of the greens. Upon arriving for his post-round interview, Horschel said, "I've been waiting for this moment all week."
Horschel said that when he first saw the Chambers Bay layout by Puget Sound six weeks earlier in a practice session, he thought it was "one of the most spectacular settings I've ever seen in a golf course." He added that his top two courses for scenery were Pebble Beach and Royal County Down in Northern Ireland, and added that Chambers Bay "by far beats it."
He called the course fair from tee to green but then said all the complaints from players about the greens are more than justified. "We really need to be taken seriously on this," Horschel said. "I think a lot of players -- and I'm one of them -- have lost respect for the USGA and this championship this year for the greens.
"And one of the biggest issues I have is for the fans. The viewing is awful. When you're not able to get up close and watch championship players, it's disappointing. I feel like the fans got robbed this week."
Faulting architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. and USGA executive director Mike Davis, Horschel added, "It blows my mind even more that they would build a golf course and not think about the fans and the viewing aspect . . . There's no fans on No. 8. I've never seen a golf course at any championship ever where there's no fans on a hole at all."
But Horschel's main issue was with the greens. "I'm a really good putter, and I have not had a great week on the greens,'' he said. " . . . I've hit a lot of good putts that have bounced all over the world."
Horschel said some of the greens were "literally dirt," especially No. 4. He said a caddie was asked by a TV commentator if there is any grass on No. 4. Repeating the answer, Horschel said, "Yeah, two blades, and they're nowhere near each other."
Before the U.S. Open returns to Chambers Bay, Horschel said, "Make sure the putting surfaces are better, and make sure the fans have an easier way to walk around."