Ian Poulter: Players Say Chambers Bay is ‘Complete Farce’

April 29, 2015

Player reviews of Chambers Bay, site of this year’s U.S. Open, are coming in hot. And according to Ian Poulter, they’re not very good.

The Englishman, whose best finish at the U.S. Open was T12 in 2006 at Winged Foot, revealed in a tweet that “several players” are unhappy with Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. This week’s Tour stop is in San Francisco, and several players have been scoping out Chambers while on the West Coast. The course opened in 2007 and hosted the U.S. Amateur in 2010, won by Peter Uihlein. The 2015 U.S. Open marks the first time the event will be held in the Pacific Northwest.

It’s unclear from whom Poulter is getting his information. In another tweet, he stated that he has not yet seen the course, thus does not have an opinion. The immediate responses to his tweet were negative, with several users calling Poulter out for going out of his way to make an inflammatory remark.

World No. 3 Henrik Stenson made a trip to Chambers Bay on his way to the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship in San Francisco. Stenson walked the course, but did not play and reserved judgment.

“I just felt like coming off six hours flying in the morning, to go straight out there and start playing when you don’t know where you’re going wasn’t the best thing,” Stenson said. “A lot of times, I feel you can get more out of walking. I’ll have plenty of time to try it out in June.

“It was interesting. There is quite the elevation drop on a few of the holes. It looks like links with quite severe green areas and some big drop-offs. It could be fairly low scoring if the weather is good, and it could be brutal if the wind blows. It will be more easy to give a final say once I’ve played it.”

The U.S. Open will be played June 18-21.

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