This is the US Open. The desired score by the USGA is Par or worse. Looking at the scores, this isn't as bad as it's going to get. There is nothing "tricked" at all. Too much rain leaves the mowers unable to get out. 7 grasses make the rough penal.
This is a great example of how a relatively "short" course can be set up to test the PGA touring professional of toady. Hit it 340 yards? Sure, but you better leave it in the fairway. Or you'll make a bogey.
Birdies will come to those who hit great shots. But those will be rare, and I love it! You want to win this Open? Then you have to grind it out.