Cape Town - South African golfer Charl Schwartzel is not happy with the course layout of the US Open at Chambers Bay in Washington.
The year’s second major gets under way there on Thursday and Schwartzel was not a happy camper after playing his first practice round on Monday.
When asked what he thought of the course, Schwartzel told The Telegraph: “Ummm, not sure. Is it a golf course?”
Schwartzel said he felt the winner would shoot over par.
“I think it’s a course that involves a hell of a lot of luck. You don’t only win by luck of course; you need to hit good shots. But most guys aren’t of the mindset to be able to shoot the scores you’re going to see here and remain focused.
The Chambers bay course is only eight years old and reminds of the links courses in Scotland and England.
Schwartzel, who is currently ranked 46th in the world, feels the putting surfaces will cause most headaches.
“You play a golf course like Muirfield Village (which hosted the Memorial two weeks ago) and you’ve got the most perfect putting surfaces you could ask for and then you come to the US Open and you’ve got surfaces that a good putt doesn’t really matter,” said Schwartzel.
Schwartzel, 30, is most renowned having won the 2011 Masters. His highest world ranking has been No 6, after finishing in a tie for fourth at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in 2012.