Latest From GolfDigest.com
Latest From The Loop
Twitter
Books
  • Lines of Charm: Brilliant And Irreverent Quotes, Notes, And Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Lines of Charm: Brilliant And Irreverent Quotes, Notes, And Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
  • The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Art of Golf Design
    The Art of Golf Design
    by Michael Miller, Geoff Shackelford
  • Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Golden Age of Golf Design
    The Golden Age of Golf Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
  • The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    by Geoff Shackelford
Current Reading
  • The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta
    The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta
    by Gil Capps
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir
    by Dan Jenkins
  • Professional Golf 2014: The Complete Media, Fan and Fantasy Guide
    Professional Golf 2014: The Complete Media, Fan and Fantasy Guide
    by Daniel Wexler
  • Every Shot Counts: Using the Revolutionary Strokes Gained Approach to Improve Your Golf Performance and Strategy
    Every Shot Counts: Using the Revolutionary Strokes Gained Approach to Improve Your Golf Performance and Strategy
    by Mark Broadie
Classics
  • Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction
    Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction
    by Geo. C. Thomas
  • The Course Beautiful : A Collection of Original Articles and Photographs on Golf Course Design
    The Course Beautiful : A Collection of Original Articles and Photographs on Golf Course Design
    Treewolf Prod
  • Reminiscences Of The Links
    Reminiscences Of The Links
    by Albert Warren Tillinghast, Richard C. Wolffe, Robert S. Trebus, Stuart F. Wolffe
  • Gleanings from the Wayside
    Gleanings from the Wayside
    by Albert Warren Tillinghast
  • Planet Golf USA: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses in America
    Planet Golf USA: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses in America
    by Darius Oliver
  • Planet Golf: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses Outside the United States of America
    Planet Golf: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses Outside the United States of America
    by Darius Oliver
Writing And Videos
Feedblitz
Enter your Email


Powered by FeedBlitz
« Bloomberg: The Golf Economy Is Back! | Main | Gary Player To The R&A: "You are oblivious" »
Tuesday
Apr032012

Handicappers Beware: ANGC Now Listed As Muddy

The 13th green Tuesday (click to enlarge)The golf course is indeed soft, slow and the turf dense, with more rain coming Tuesday night and more forecast for later in the week. It's going to lead to conditions which erode the local knowledge edge veterans rightfully believe they had, opening the door to inexperience and youthful aggression. Rory has to be licking his chops.

Tiger Woods, opening his media conference.

TIGER WOODS:  The golf course is a little bit wet out there.  Obviously we got some pretty good rains here.  Today I played nine holes with Freddie and Sean, and seven drives and had seven mud balls.  So hopefully it will dry out, but I think the forecast is for more rain.  But the greens are absolutely perfect.  They are quick, there's no doubt, but they are pretty soft and pretty receptive.

Phil Mickelson's comments were shocking in their brutal honesty but certainly accurate. Having sat in on this session, I didn't feel that Phil was deflated, but he also did not dance around the fact that many more players are in the equation due to the soft conditions, a product of a warm spring and recent rains.

It seems that some of the planning I have made may go by the wayside.  As soft as the golf course is, you can fire at a lot of the pins.  The greens are soft.  I don't want to say they are slow, but it's just not the same Augusta.  It's wet around the greens, and there's no fear of the course.  You've got to attack it this week.

Unless something changes, and I know they have SubAir and hopefully they will be able to use it, but unless they change it, it's going to be a birdie‑fest.

Q.  Since you put in so much time preparing, is it disappointing not to see the conditions?

PHIL MICKELSON:  When the subtleties don't come out, the experience of playing here in the past is not as important, because you don't have to fear the greens and you don't have to know where the ball will end up and you don't have to fear certain shots because you can get up‑and‑down from the edges.  Those shots are not as hard.

Therefore, I think there's a very good chance that a young player, inexperienced, fearless player that attacks this golf course can win if you don't need to show it the proper respect.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (17)

That picture of the 13th green is luscious!

http://www.exilgolfer.de
04.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterExilgolfer
What's german for 'buffer off?
Phil Mickelson and subtleties; 2 words rarely seen in the same sentence. Still, rain might mean Phil hitting a fairway this week.
04.4.2012 | Unregistered Commentergreenfee
@ greenfee, LOL he's won three Masters already so he must know something you don't.
04.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
With the rain and soft conditions, I would expect pin placements will be brutal.
Has ANGC been sand capped? Seems like it would really enhance the course's ability to move water. Money cant be an issue.
04.4.2012 | Unregistered Commenterrose
Also does Augusta do lift clean and place? If not with the way the fairways are mowed, there will be a lot of mudballs. But if the greens are soft these guys are to good, they might eat the place alive.

Would say best news for Rory, Day, Fowler, Aggressive younger players
04.4.2012 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Afternoon rounds on the Thursday and a.m. on Friday - 5.5 hours minimum...
04.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTim in Hoylake
No lift, clean and place at Augusta or any of the majors - ever.
04.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ierubino
There was lift clean and replace at Bethpage on the 18th fairway.
04.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJay
@rose: I don't have firsthand knowledge, but I have walked the course a few times...I would imagine the sub-surface drainage is almost optimal. Plus, the course is hilly...lots of ways to move water both above and below.

As long as the greens are Sub-Aired enough to prevent them from resembling landing pads versus true putting surfaces...then it's OK by me. Maybe one day they'll build a Truman Show type bubble over the entire property thus making weather a moot point.
04.4.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Sand capping!?!?

You have got to be frigging kidding me!
04.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBuddha
Robert Karlsson by three to win then.
04.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob
Jay,

Maybe you're correct, but more likely what you saw on the 18th at Bethpage in 2009 was the players taking relief from casual water.
04.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ierubino
Surprisingly, Billy Payne said this morning there is a possibility Augusta National may change it's mind on lift, clean and place this week. Here's an exchange from his press conference this morning:

Q. There was a lot of mud on the ball yesterday and again today in some of the practice rounds, would you consider, I know you wouldn't like to, but lift, clean and place?
FRED RIDLEY: We would all‑‑
CHAIRMAN PAYNE: You'd better let me answer that one.
FRED RIDLEY: Excuse me? (Laughter).
CHAIRMAN PAYNE: I'm going to start with that one, and you can correct me.
We surely would not want to have to do that. That would be a decision very difficult to make. However, we are also bright enough to know that weather conditions can have an impact on that, and possibly cause us to change our minds on that issue.
Were you going to say that (looking at Mr. Ridley).
FRED RIDLEY: I couldn't have set it better, Mr.Chairman.
CHAIRMAN PAYNE: Thank you. (Laughter).
04.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ierubino
There was no lift, clean at cheat at a major. EVER.

And a player can reduce his mudballs but cuts and their shot selection. Sergio was whining at Bethpage about mudballs (and I like Sergion), but Duval hit a cut every shot, took less yardage but almost no mudballs. Toughen up guys.
04.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStreaky Putter
@PressAgent I don't criticise his record around Augusta it's just that Phil's game is not particularly "subtle" is it? Big heave off the tee, recovery heave, chip & putt. As borne out with a lost ball on #10 yesterday.
I actually think his iron play is good because with those he doesn't try to hit it so hard. If only he would do it with the driver more.
04.6.2012 | Unregistered Commentergreenfee

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.