Do we want more major grind?
So was Lee Westwood right? Have the PGA of America "sucked the fun" out of the final major of the year? I think he has a point.
Analysing the 2008 US PGA so far I'm struggling to think of much to set the pulse racing - Padraig Harrington's tee shot that hit the pin on the par three third in the first round is about as far as it goes.
Then I thought it might just be me, bio rhythms out of synch - something of that nature - that had perhaps diminished my enthusiasm.
It's not often I feel this way at a big tournament, but I actually thought the first round was probably the worst I've encountered at a major.
Then I picked up the local newspaper to find that I'm not alone in feeling this wave of negativity.
There's no shortage of competing stories at the moment - particularly in these parts where the local mayor has just been thrown in the clink.
And it's all reflected on the front page of the Detroit Free Press's PGA pull out - as it reports: "With Tiger missing in action, unknowns taking the lead, a weather delay and mayor's jail time dominating the news, the first round was one of the most forgettable in major history."
A nice way to sell your championship supplement!
They have a point though. I'm writing this listening to Five Live's excellent coverage of the Olympic flame being lit. It's not often at a major I want to be elsewhere.
I glance at the computerised leaderboard in front of me - they've been playing here for four and half hours and none of the early starters have sustained a sojourn into the red numbers that denote a score below par.
It's golfing attrition. There are few cheers as the players grind away on a congested leaderboard trying to counter a fresh breeze and brutal rough cut too close to the slender fairways.
As Padraig Harrington stated before the event - this US PGA feels more like a US Open than the US Open did.
And that's because the USGA got it dead right at Torrey Pines, with their graded rough that sought to punish the more wayward drivers.
We want the best players tested and we expect and accept that the US Open will try to be the toughest of the lot.
If the wind blows at the Open - as it did at Birkdale - that's okay too. It's how golf is meant to be and the course was set up accordingly.
The Masters is criticised for toughening up Augusta too much - we don't get the roars that we used to - but I suspect we would have done had the wind not blown so severely as it did on the final day this year.
We've had three severe major tests this year and all for the right reasons. We didn't need another this week.
This is not to advocate some kind of pushover for the players - but some balance, so that a course they call "The Monster" could be tamed.
Is this "Tiger proofing" gone mad? Maybe and he's not here anyway.
The breeze is up today - it's anyone's Championship and we may get a compelling weekend because the leaderboard is so congested.
Let's hope it's a slow burn week building to a thrilling climax.
It would certainly help if the PGA can bring themselves to allow some inviting pins that might produce some birdies, cheers and atmosphere.
Not many of us here are holding our breath.