'Bring On The Carnage!' - Video Shows Frightening Speed Of Pinehurst No.2's Greens And Brutal Run-Offs At 2024 US Open

The brutality of Pinehurst No. 2's greens were highlighted via a simple test that was shared on social media early this week...

A three-image screenshot of a golf ball rolling off a green at Pinehurst No. 2 course
(Image credit: Preserved Links on X)

It is widely believed that a US Open should be the toughest test a player will face all year, therefore making it a rare and beautiful sight for every passionate amateur who wants to see their idols suffer for just one week. 

But even so, Pinehurst No.2 is already shaping up to be an absolute beast - especially when closing in on the hole.

Rory McIlroy spoke of the shot from the tee box being relatively friendly, in terms of the avenue the field is being asked to hit down. Without thick and juicy rough to consider - it is quite the opposite here - players can miss the fairway and still have an option or two left when aiming for the green.

Yet, it is on and around the putting surface where problems are likely to arise. Tiger Woods said in his pre-championship press conference that he and his practice partners have been guilty of pushing the ball off the greens due to a minimal misjudgement already, while Viktor Hovland shared a very similar tale earlier in the day.

Woods suggested he could foresee "guys playing ping pong" as they chase putts back and forth across the green.

Tiger Woods speaks to media at the US Open

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"The last few days playing practice rounds - I'm guilty as well as the rest of the guys I've played with - we've putted off a lot of greens," said Woods. "It depends how severe the USGA wants to make this and how close they want to get us up to those sides.

"But I foresee just like in '05 watching some of the guys play ping-pong back and forth. It could happen."

And on Monday, last year's champion, Wyndham Clark admitted he was "amazed how fast the greens are" before going on to call them "already borderline."

Clark said: "The greens are extremely fast and penal. You hit it on the green, the hole is not done. I was just amazed how fast the greens are. Yeah, I mean, they are extremely fast. If they get any firmer and faster, the greens, I mean, they'd be borderline. They already are borderline."

And to prove that point, a group who set foot onto Pinehurst No.2's iconic layout carried out a simple test on the fifth green earlier this week. The video, which was shared by Preserved Links on X, showed a man dropping a golf ball from shoulder height around 15 to 20 feet from the pin.

Instead of stopping immediately, the ball began to trickle across the green slowly before gathering pace the closer it travelled to the edge. Once it reached a certain point, the golf ball skipped down a false front, past a bunker, and eventually came to a halt on some hardpan sand around 40 yards from the putting surface.

On the ball's journey from green to native scrub, the group watching on chuckled to themselves - not believing what they were watching. Once the competitive action begins on Thursday, you can bet your last dollar that if that happens to a player this week, they won't find it quite as funny.

Jonny Leighfield
Staff Writer

Jonny Leighfield is our Staff News Writer who joined Golf Monthly just in time for the 2023 Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup. He graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in Sport Journalism in 2017 and spent almost five years as the sole sports reporter at his local newspaper. An improving golfer who still classes himself as ‘one of the worst players on the Golf Monthly team’, Jonny enjoys playing as much as he can and is hoping to reach his Handicap goal of 18 at some stage. He attended both the 150th and 151st Opens and is keen to make it an annual pilgrimage.