Golf World Blasts Crowd Size, Atmosphere At The US Open

A view of the crowd at the US Open in Los Angeles.

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The US Open took place at the Los Angeles Country Club in Southern California over the weekend, and it didn’t disappoint. Longshot Wyndham Clark edged Rory McIlroy by a stroke to secure the win with the final round going late into the evening on Sunday.

But while the play on the course was exciting, there were other areas in which golf fans think the tournament could’ve improved.

Those issues dealt mostly with the fan experience at the course. Many were upset upon seeing the small crowd sizes and lack of fan interaction throughout the event.

Those critics believe it would’ve made the Open much more entertaining.

Many rushed to social media to post their frustrations.

While it seemed like a great idea to hold the tournament at LACC, some believe it backfired. They cited problems with both the atmosphere and the play on the course.

This coming just a month after a fantastic PGA Championship.

Some went as far as to say it felt like a practice round.

Even the golfers felt the lack of energy, with Matt Fitzpatrick saying the following about the atmosphere.

“Very poor… It’s disappointing on the USGA side. They want a great tournament—from what I’ve heard a lot of members bought tickets and that’s why there’s so many less people. Hopefully it’s not the same for other US Opens going forward.”

Unfortunately, ticket prices and lack of availability appear to be at the root of the cause for the poor turnout.

Hopefully, fans are more impressed with the British Open next month.

Jacob Elsey
BroBible writer. Jacob is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and is based in Charleston, SC.