By Derek Lawrenson for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:08 BST, 16 June 2019 | Updated: 22:08 BST, 16 June 2019
With the third major of the season drawing to close, Sportsmail's golf correspondent DEREK LAWRENSON has reflected on the highs and lows of the tournament held at the iconic Pebble Beach.
With the caveat that this was written a few hours before the end — in case they blotted their copybook late on — it would be remiss not to offer a congratulatory word to the organisers. After four years of controversy and cock-ups we got an edition free of either, where they finally lived up to the old refereeing maxim that the best officials are those you don’t notice. The USGA promised to listen and they did. The course set-up was great all week and, for once in their lives, they enhanced the enjoyment of America’s national championship rather than detracted from it.
Did anyone mention that the scenery was quite good? I’m still not sure I’d part with almost £500 for a tee time but it might be the only place where it merits discussion. And yes, as good as it’s looked in the photographs in this newspaper and on television — and without trying to sound like a representative of the California tourist board — there really is nothing to compare to experiencing the Monterey Peninsula in person.
The third major of the