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Will Ferrell talks 2014 U.S. Open, suggests booby-trapping course (vids)


Will Ferrell is an all-around big-time sports fan and his love of golf is well-known. From time to time, the renowned funnyman amusingly opines on the great game, especially when leading up to one of the majors.

With the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 set to begin on Thursday, Ferrell opened up about his pick for winner as well as how to make the course, and consequently, the tournament, a more enthralling and interesting spectacle, both for viewers, and, to a much greater extent, the golfers themselves, who, under Ferrell’s brutal course conditions, could very well lose their lives.

In the first video from Ferrell, the comedian selects Jason Dufner, already a major champion at the 2013 PGA Championship, as his odds-on winner of this year’s U.S. Open.

Said Ferrell: “I like the name, I like the attitude, I like the fact that no one expects him to win it, even himself. He’s just going to step in and have the four greatest days of his life of golf.”

A reasonable pick, to be sure, so Ferrell deserves playing his relatively straight with that piece of insightful commentary.

And that’s where the sensibility of Ferrell’s thoughts on the 2014 U.S. Open begins and ends. In the next video nugget, Ferrell offers up some suggestions on how to make a typical U.S. Open course, already set up with exceedingly brutal conditions, that much more intimidating.

Ferrell suggests digging 20-foot-deep pits around the course and fill them with snakes and barbwire. He also believes releasing ferocious wild cats who haven’t eaten in a month loose on the grounds (that one may prove dire for spectators as well).

In essence, Ferrell would like the USGA to turn its national tournament into a golf course version of the “Hunger Games.” He also thinks exploding golf balls would add an element of danger, among many other wacky ideas.

Ferrell observes that under his radical course setup, some golfers may not even live to see the end of the tournament. Makes sense, what with the pits, starving wild cats and whatnot.

But Ferrell is correct in one observation: it would be eminently watchable. No doubt about that.

[H/T Eye on Golf]