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U.S. Senior Open: Oak Tree National draws rave reviews

By Mike Baldwin Published: July 11, 2014

— One constant throughout the U.S. Senior Open has been players raving about Oak Tree National, the Pete Dye-designed par-71 layout that’s in immaculate condition.

“It felt more like a (regular) U.S. Open than a lot of U.S. Opens I’ve played in,” said Oak Tree’s Bob Tway. “The golf course is fantastic. I don’t think you could find a much more demanding, better conditioned golf course anywhere. I think it’s fabulous.”

Tway predicted two months ago a couple of players would shoot in the 90s if the wind blew. Tway proved to be a prophet. Scorecards the first two rounds included a 90, a 91 and a 95.

“This is a great golf course,” said Hall of Famer Vijay Singh. “It would be pretty tough on the regular tour, as well. It’s very challenging.”

First- and second-round leader Colin Montgomerie, who shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday followed by an even-par 71 on Friday, expects the USGA to set up the course even tougher the final two days.

“It’s a unique course in many ways,” Montgomerie said. “It’s one of Pete Dye’s first golf courses, a great golf course you should be very proud of here in Oklahoma.”