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Spieth fires back at critics who say Erin Hills is too easy


There have been many opinions about Erin Hills Golf Club this week at the U.S. Open, some praising the course, but many calling the setup too easy for a national championship.

After posting a final-round 69, Jordan Spieth took issue with those who've criticized the USGA's decision to come to Erin Hills, and the way it set up the course.

"I think any time you've seen U.S. Open golf venues work back towards even par, there's complaints," Spieth told Luke Kerr-Dineen of USA Today. "Then now, all of a sudden, they make it tough and fair but people are 12-under so people are complaining, so like, let's pick one side or the other here."

Soft conditions and wide fairways have produced record scoring this week in Wisconsin, including Justin Thomas' 9-under-par 63 on Saturday, which broke the lowest round in relation to par in U.S. Open history.

"I think it's exciting. I think we have an exciting leaderboard of a lot of young players that are trying to win their first major ... that's great, you can't ask for much more," said the 2015 U.S. Open champion. "You've seen awesome shots work towards the hole and you've seen shots that aren'’t so good end up far away, very few and far between do you see anything that resembles unfair, where a great shot that doesn't get rewarded."

Spieth's two good friends - Rickie Fowler and Thomas - are both still in the hunt for their first major title, and the Texan isn't leaving the Badger State even though his tournament is over.

"I'll probably go back, pack up, and then come back, have a beer, and watch the closing stretch," Spieth said to Will Gray of the Golf Channel.

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