Just curious... when you consider the USGA has taken a lot of heat over the last few years, especially regarding the US Open... they tend to make the courses HARDER not easier.
The US Amatuer on Pinehurst was no cakewalk either and when the US Open was held there in what 2005 the winning score was around par after 4 rounds wasn't it.
People on WGT tend to quit rounds if they make bogey let alone a double bogey...
If anything, I would suspect those at Pinehurst and the USGA would prefer to see the variance and difficulty increased, not made easier … the best players are striving for near perfect rounds... not trying to get through 18 holes shooting par and feeling they played well.
I understand your frustration or beef with the issue but I can definitely see it from another angle. Not arguing or debating with you, just suggesting there may be another way to look at it.