6:50 pm Update: But seriously, folks…
What the heck kind of course has pros hitting a 4-iron off the tee, then an 8-iron to the green? And even the “long” holes have little danger for a stray drive. No. 18 at Whistling Straits alone has more danger lurking than the entire Wyndham course.
I like shotmakers courses like Colonial, but Colonial has some danger. Same with Riviera. This course doesn’t even have driveable par-4’s; they stretch a little creek across the fairway to prevent that.
I’ll tell you something else. The atmosphere at that place is nothing like the television presenters would have you think. They keep talking about how massive the galleries are and how vocal, but the video and audio don’t support that. I saw Woods in 1997; I saw Woods in 2000 and 2001. This ain’t that.
Look, I’m not meaning to insult the course or tournament, and it’s great for the locals that Woods is finally playing there. (Although it’s not like they couldn’t have seen him at Pinehurst.) But coming the week after the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, after Jason and Jordan’s epic battle, don’t blow smoke up my tail with all this silly talk of 10-deep-galleries and jet-engine decibel levels.
Sneds: Finally I cheer wholeheartedly for Snedeker — Euro Seven be damned! — and he rewards me by putting like a drunk popcorn machine. (A drunk popcorn machine — that’s a good one, if I must say so myself!)
3:30 pm Update: I gave up watching. This course is silly. Hit iron off tee; hit iron into green; have a 4-foot to 25-ft birdie putt. Is it like this every year, or is it water-logged? There’s no drama. It’s a total pitch-and-putt. After Whistling Straits, this looks worse than my local muni. Life is too short to watch this. I’ll check the scores tonight. Zzzzzzz.
2:01 pm Update: Is this a pitch-and-putt or a regulation course? Does no one hit a wood off the tee here? Seems kind of rinky-dink. Hoge thirty yards past Woods in fairway.
A rather experienced top ten at Wyndham:
Age OWGR-rank Tom Hoge 26 315 Tiger Woods 39 286 Davis Love III 51 613 Chad Campbell 41 222 Brandt Snedeker 34 28 Scott Brown 32 209 Bill Haas 33 30 Nick Watney 34 112 Carl Pettersson 37 143 Cameron Percy 41 310 Average Age 37.8 Sneds and Haas stick out like sore thumbs in an OWGR comparison.
Carolina Connection: The fans will have many Carolina players to cheer for:
- Tom Hoge: Born in Statesville, NC.
- Davis Love III: Born in Charlotte, NC; attended University of North Carolina.
- Scott Brown: Lives in North Augusta, SC; attended South Carolina – Aiken.
- Bill Haas: Born in Charlotte, NC; lives in Greenville, SC; attended Wake Forest (Winston-Salem, NC).
- Carl Pettersson: Lives Raleigh, NC; attended North Carolina State.