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Sergio Garcia stands by comments about Chambers Bay’s greens, says U.S. Open ‘deserves better’

Sergio Garcia made two things clear Saturday after his third round at the U.S. Open:

He stands by Twitter comments he made about Chambers Bay’s greens being unfit to host an event of this magnitude, and says those comments were not meant as criticism but to spark change.

“Don’t get me wrong,” Garcia said after a round of even-par 70, “I think there’s three or four (holes) that are great.”

He commended the beauty of holes 7, 10 and 13, which feature fescue grass.

But Garcia said the only remedy for the Chambers Bay greens is to have all 18 holes redone with either all fescue grass or all poa grass.

“The problem is when you have different types of grass, they all grow differently, and they’re very uneven,” he said. “It was a statement (on Twitter) to make sure the USGA doesn’t allow this to happen to one of the best tournaments we have all year.

“The majors deserve to be in a great shape,” Garcia continued. “Unfortunately, that didn’t happen this week. The U.S. Open deserves better.”

On Friday, Garcia tweeted, “I think a championship of the caliber of @USOpengolf deserves better quality green surfaces than we have this week but maybe I’m wrong!”

The Spaniard wasn’t the only golfer to speak out about the greens. Henrik Stenson, after his second round Friday, said the greens felt “like putting on broccoli.”

Some players, including Ian Poulter, were critical of the Chambers Bay course before the championship began. But scrutiny of the greens increased after some of the world’s best golfers began playing on them.

Garcia didn’t say that future U.S. Opens or PGA championships shouldn’t be played at Chambers Bay. He said he liked the course’s setup, the challenges of the tee boxes and the crowds.

But the greens were not up to par, he contended.

“It doesn’t feel right,” Garcia said.

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