Lift, clean and play?
Not for the big boys at the U.S. Open.
United States Golf Assn. officials have insisted that no special accommodations will be made for players despite a rainy week and a forecast that calls for additional downpours during the first round on Thursday.
"I'd be a fan of being able to clean the mud off," Matt Kuchar said. "I think it's one of those really rotten breaks in golf.... You drive it down the middle of the fairway and get mud on the ball. You have no idea exactly what's going to happen, just have no real control."
Lift, clean and play -- a part of golfing rules that allows players to wipe mud off balls that land in the fairway -- is no stranger to the PGA Tour. But, over the years, the USGA has remained philosophically opposed to employing such relief at a national championship.