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Mickelson warns USGA over Shinnecock Hills’ set-up

Phil Mickelson hopes the USGA do not make the same mistakes with Shinnecock Hills’ set-up they made in 2004 at this week’s US Open.

The New York venue hosted the year?s second major 14 years ago and it hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons as many of the greens became almost unplayable as the tournament progressed.

Only two players, Retief Goosen and Mickelson, broke par for the four days, with the South African going on to claim the title, but it was the speed of the greens that caused controversy during the final round.

The authorities were forced to step in and water the par-three seventh as many players found it almost impossible to keep their balls on the green even with a putter in hand.

The USGA came in for some fierce criticism after the event and Mickelson, who has yet to win a US Open, wants them to get things right this time around.

“I think it’s a very difficult job to find the line of testing the best players to the greatest degree and then making it carnival golf,” he said.

“I think it’s a very fine line, and it’s not a job I would want. The USGA are doing the best they can to find that line, and a lot of times they do, and sometimes they cross over it.

“The difficulty is, when you dream of a championship as a child and you work hours and hours and do all this prep work and then you are left to chance the outcome, as opposed to skill, then that’s a problem.”

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