Before the U.S. Open, the USGA made many changes to the Congressional course to make it longer and tougher in hopes of befuddling the world's best golfers. However, hot, dry weather before the tournament meant the rough didn't grow to be all that rough, and bouts of rain during the tournament softened the greens and fairways so that wayward balls rarely rolled into deeper trouble.
SOURCE: Mike Giuffre, director of green and grounds maintenance at Congressional; John Lyberger, PGA director of golf at Congressional; Rees Jones, Inc. IMAGE CREDIT: Best Approach, The Hole View.
GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews and Bonnie Berkowtiz - The Washington Post. Published June 7, 2011.