Safety trumping pedestrian access at US Open
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - Chambers Bay was not built with pedestrian access as a priority.
The USGA is hearing about it, too.
Fans have been grumbling the first two days of the U.S. Open about the difficulty in following groups. But the USGA says the unique dunes and slick fescue has made safety more important than good vantage points.
Championship director Danny Sink said Friday the USGA is attempting to make adjustments on the fly, but safety will remain the priority. It's also why there are 18,000 bleacher seats.
"We're not going to sacrifice safety to give our spectators more shots, more angles, more views," Sink said. "We've been conservative and we've made sure people are not going in places where they are going to fall down and get hurt."