Matt's Take:



Is it just me, or do PGA golfers whine more than a cranky toddler with an empty Goldfish container?



Instead of talking about U.S. Open winner Justin Rose's victory at Merion over the weekend, players and sports writers are whining about the course being "too hard."



Really? The course was "too hard"? You have got to be kidding me!



Whether it was the pin placement or the length of some holes, these "professional" golfers sure as heck didn't sound like professionals after being tamed by the course.



How about a big block of Limburger to go with that foul whine? At least if we jam enough cheese in their mouths they can't talk.



If you can picture Charlie Brown's mom talking, that's what I envision when I read about the dissatisfaction the players had with the course, which had an average score of 74.5526 for the week.



Sure, the winner finished over par. But that doesn't matter to me.



It's hard to feel bad for the golfers when you realize how much money they pulled in for the tournament.  Rose took home a check for $1.44 million for his victory, while no player who finished in the top 17 took home less than $100,000.



For that kind of money, I say shut your mouth and play the "game" you love. I understand that golfers are competitive, but they are professionals, so they should act like it.



There is a simple solution to this problem. Next time, just stay home.



I've got a new motto for the PGA: When the going gets tough, the tough go home.



 



 Andrew’s take:



The disappearance of a professional golfer, due to course conditions, does not benefit anyone.



The international audience that a Major tournament pulls does not exist because of the opportunity for tragedy. Believe it or not, the golf world wants to watch golf.



I understand that media powers must remain mindful of their product’s appeal. If someone witnesses the same scene, over and over, the spectacle loses allure.



But it’s a golf course, not an obstacle course.



The United States Golf Association (USGA) basically built a jungle in the Philadelphia suburbs. The East Course at Merion Golf Club was so difficult that the tournament’s winner, Justin Rose, finished over par.



Ugly golf is the business of the British, so Rose’s victory makes a lot of sense. But leave the tall grass and muddy mess to them. That’s not how you get ratings.



The Masters Tournament has become a modern phenomenon because there is nothing quite like it, aesthetically. Yes, the course in Augusta, Ga., is tough, but the competition is only the icing on the cake. No other tournament will ever come close to the viewership of The Masters, based solely on the artistic design of the course and its depiction via camera.



You know, we could replace the warning track Yankee Stadium with a moat that is filled with piranhas, or we could put land mines beneath the turf in Cowboys Stadium. Either of these “wildcards” would definitely change the game. But not for the better.



Don’t mess with a good thing. Thanks to The Masters there is a clear blueprint for golf’s success on television. The USGA simply has to choose to do the right thing.



Trading pin flags for red, wicker baskets is unique enough. The next time a major comes to Merion, they need to unlock the mowers. But, based on last weekend, I doubt that this club will ever host another “Major.”