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Commentary: U.S. Open course’s new look is ragged, and golfers may feel that way

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PINEHURST, N.C. — The United States Golf Association has taken its annual exercise in sadism to new heights. This year, it will torture both genders of tour players at the same place.

It all began this morning with the first round of the 72-hole U.S. Open for men. Next week, it will be the women’s turn. Same course, same setup, same needles being stuck in fingernails.

The scene of the double crime is the legendary Pinehurst No. 2 course. They…

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