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Rocco Mediate: All majors should have 18-hole play-offs

Rocco Mediate: All majors should have 18-hole play-offs

"Starting this year we'll go to a two-hole aggregate format".

The Masters has sudden death, the US Open now has the two-hole aggregate play-off, while the US PGA Championship and Open Championship have three- and four-hole aggregate play-offs respectively.

If players are still tied after two extra holes the play-off will become sudden death.

Despite the distaste for the 18-hole format, some of the most memorable U.S. Opens were decided in that manner, such as Woods' victory over Mediate.

The U.S Open has had 33 playoffs in its 117 years, all decided by 18 holes or more. "After receiving input from a variety of constituents, including players, fans, volunteers, officials and our broadcast partners, it clearly came across as something that everyone valued, and would benefit from".

"There is no right or wrong way to determine a victor in stroke play, but we've seen over the years how the aggregate playoff has served us well in both the U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open", Davis said. This won't just apply to the men's U.S. Open, however, as the USGA is also instituting this system across the women's and senior's tours.

So long, 18 holes of golf the Monday following the U.S. Open. During his joint press conference with other USGA executives in June, Davis said he did not "think in the foreseeable future you will see a change the 18-hole playoff". Before that, Retief Goosen defeated Mark Brooks in a playoff in 2001, and Ernie Els beat Colin Montgomerie and Loren Roberts in a playoff in 1994 at Oakmont.

"I'm sure there have been a lot of opinions expressed to see a victor determined on Sunday, be it fans or media or Fox Sports, which is paying umpteen millions to broadcast the US Open". "There is no correct way to determine a tie in stroke play". "That extra 18 holes was a grind, but it felt necessary". Instead, the event - as well as the U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior Women's Open - will decide its victor in two playoff holes, with subsequent sudden-death holes to follow if the score remains tied. Although it was unique to the U.S. Open and can be special, 18 holes between two players makes for poor viewing and often a letdown from the mania of Sunday.

Is the USGA right to scrap the 18-hole play-off?

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