Ian Poulter took to Twitter to vent his frustrations following a meltdown over the final five holes that saw him post four bogeys.
Unfortunately the guys this afternoon will struggle with a few pin positions. 8th hole is a joke, 18th needs a windmill & clown face.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 18, 2013
Phil Mickelson was also nonplussed.
“I got really lucky because I think the R&A was really worried about the scores going too low and so they used some really funky pin placements,” Mickelson told ESPN. “They used some funny spots and about a third of every green has died, it's so brown. I hit two perfect shots on (No.) 18, left it in the exact spot I wanted to leave it, and I ended up just trying to lag it (and) it still went way by.
“Like I said, I got really lucky to play early because I at least had a fighting chance.”
Mickelson specifically pointed out the pin placement at No. 8, which is in the front-right portion of the green Thursday. He also said, “I don't see anyone on the afternoon with a realistic chance (at shooting 69).”
“I thought it (the setup) was a little overdone and I feel bad for these guys that have to go out and play it (this afternoon) because they're at a distinct disadvantage,” Mickelson said. “It's one of those elements where luck is always a factor, but this shouldn't have been the factor. The weather didn't come in; it's fine. It's just the way it (the golf course) was presented to us.”
At least the scenery is beautiful.
[H/T: Huffington Post]