In contrast, the host Olympic Golf Club course is 1,400 over par heading to the weekend rounds of the year’s second major.
The USGA have set up the San Francisco course in such a manner to make a complete mockery of the efforts of the world’s best players.
There is no way you can attribute poor play in seeing the likes of World No. 1 Luke Donald posting an 11-over par total or World No. 2 Rory McIlroy hopelessly missing the cut on 10-over par.
In fact, McIlroy became only the seventh defending U.S. Open champion not to play all four rounds in the defence of his title.
Then there’s Thomas Bjorn, Martin Laird, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Ryo Ishikawa, Masters champion Bubba Waston, Y.E. Yang and each missing the cut with nine over par totals.
Leaving San Francisco also shell-shocked was Alvaro Quiros, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, former US Open champ, Geoff Ogilvy, Ben Crane who were tied with McIlroy on 10-over par.
Joining Donald on 11-over par was Gary Woodland, Tim Clark, Tim Heron, Anders Hanson and Ireland’s Peter Lawrie who was competing in his first U.S. Open.
Triple Major winning Vijay Singh missed the cut with a 13-over score with England’s Robert Rock also on 13-over. Former Augusta winning hero Trevor Immelman had rounds of 80 and 75 to be a 15-over par.
China’s Andy Zhang, and the youngest-ever U.S. Open competitor, shot scores of 79 and 78 to be 17-over par with Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez on 18-over par and Dane Soren Kjeldsen posting rounds of 85 and 75 to be 20 over par.
After two rounds four of the hardest holes are to be found in Olympic ‘Sadistic Six’ - the opening six holes.
The hardest hole is the par four first hole averaging 4.55 but giving up just 11 birdies over the two rounds, 148 pars but 127 bogeys, 21 double bogeys and five other scores.
Second hardest is par four sixth and averaging the same as the first at 4.55 but yielding only nine birdies, 145 pars and claiming 137 bogeys, 18 double bogeys and three other scores.
The third hardest hole at this year’s U.S. Open is the par four fifth hole that is averaging 4.49. There has been only 13 birdies, 155 pars but 121 bogeys, 22 double bogeys and one other score.
In contrast, Olympic’s easiest hole according to the stats is par five 17th hole that is averaging 4.77. Those spectators gathered around the penultimate green saw Nick Watney hole out for an albratross ‘two’ on Thursday but they’ve also witnessed five eagles, 96 birdies, 176 pars and 31 bogeys, eight double bogeys and two other scores.