DAVIS LOVE III: We could spend all day with that. We'd probably need to go get Ben Crenshaw (laughter). You know, does it have to be by the sea? No, Crenshaw built a great course in the middle of Nebraska, that's a links.
I think "linksland" is "dunesland," and it can be hilly, doesn't have to be flat, probably shouldn't have a whole lot of trees, but apparently Shinnecock has cut down a whole bunch of them.
But this is a links. I mean, golf is links by definition. We're playing the Westchester links. But true linksland you have to read Michael Bamberger's book to get the true meaning of what is linksland.
You look at Carnoustie or Turnberry when Greg Norman won in '86, the rough was so deep they said, well, this isn't links golf. We're not supposed to have six-inch green grass off the edge of the fairways. Links golf is playing in the wind, running the ball up, that kind of game, and it's hard to recreate that.
But Shinnecock is as close as anything in the U.S. because we do have -- it's the wind, the sea, the change of wind directions, it's all those things. I think Shinnecock plays the same for the members as it does for the U.S. Open. It always plays hard, has deep rough, but it does have a lot of that bounce-up, the neat things like rodean holes, things like that, that make up an old classic links.
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