Malaysia may not have a player in the US Open but we do have a rules official at Erin Hills … CC Boo, the recently-elected vice-president of the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA).
“This is my fourth invitation by the United States Golf Association (USGA) to serve on the US Open Rules team,” said Boo, who has also been a rules official for the British Open and Rio Olympics.
“This is a gigantic event with over 5,400 volunteers from 16 countries. It’s an awesome feeling even though this is my fourth straight year refereeing in the US Open; a big thanks to the USGA Rules Committee for their faith and trust in me.”
Boo noted that the Erin Hills course, located in the Kettle Moraine area of Wisconsin state, is in “tip-top shape” and that the much-maligned fescue rough was not that bad due to the wide fairways.
“Every US Open venue has its own unique features. Likewise , Erin hills offers not just the ubiquitous three-foot tall fescue grass – equivalent to our lalang grass – that occupies much of this 650-acre property, but it also has wide fairways of between 50 to 70 yards at the landing zones. At Winged Foot , a five-time US Open venue, the average fairway width is about 26 yards,” said Boo, who is also chairman of the MGA’s rules & amateur status sub-committee.
“This is a major tournament and they are all world-class players, so I don’t see why they cannot plan their shots to stay out of the thick fescue rough. Yes , there might be quite a number of ball searches for wayward shots but, for example, at the par-four 11th hole we have around 10 to 13 spotters stationed on both sides of the fairway.”