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Tuesday
Apr302013

Quail Hollow's Greens Not So Green, High Profile WD's Ensue 

It's hardly a surprise that Ian Poulter WD'd from this week's Wells Fargo Championship for "personal reasons" since he telegraphed the move on Twitter last week after hearing about the spotty putting surfaces. Dustin Johnson cited a "sore wrist" in his WD.

And about those greens, Doug Ferguson describes them this way in his weekly notes column:

Due mainly to an unusually cool spring, the home of the Wells Fargo Championship has struggled so mightily with its greens that two of them (Nos. 8 and 10) have had to be resodded in recent weeks, and tournament officials have asked players to hit only one shot into Nos. 12 and 13 during practice rounds.

The rest of the greens are spotty at best, most with several patches of brown. And it's not just looks. Some players say the greens are running at different speeds.

''It's tough to see,'' said Webb Simpson, the U.S. Open champion who lives at Quail Hollow. ''I think their biggest challenge is going to try to get it to be the same firmness and speed of the other greens.''

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Reader Comments (25)

Wrong link to Ferguson!!!
04.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMoises
Poor bastards have to play in not absolutely perfect conditions. I really feel sorry for them.
04.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreg C
Greg, apparently the reality is they do not have to play in less than perfect conditions ;)

Ol' Jet Ski's agent missed a perfect opportunity here to invoke the "tweaked back" WD excuse and further underpin the cover for missing close to 3 months last season.

Johnny must be absolutely livid.
04.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Bad week for the world of grounds maintenance. Hope everyone gets through it without losing jobs. It's a game after all.
05.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTilt pop
@ Tilt Pop - it's a business. golf played at your local muni or country club is a game. the tours are business enterprises played by independent contractors.
05.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTed Ray's Pipe
Its a business and a game. Superintendent will tell you it's his ass. Better start getting that resume looking good!
05.1.2013 | Unregistered Commenteryomama
At least TW did advance scouting and didn't fake an injury to bail out. Been a cold spring in NC.
Doesn't everybody have to putt on the same surface. What are they afraid of, breaking a fingernail?
05.1.2013 | Unregistered Commenterebrumby
A fingernail? No. Their putting stroke? Yes.
05.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
I just saw a couple of pictures and they have gotten worse since I was there a couple of weeks ago. I think they tried some aggressive, short term, resuscitation techniques that backfired on them. Sadly for those involved it will be the storyline this week.
Vijay withdrew this morning. His Pro-Am tee time was 9.18am.
05.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
DTF- isnt there a penalty for that? Oh wait, this is the PGA Tour, where rules dont mean anything....
05.1.2013 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
This is why , if I am playing and the greens are very slow, I just leave the putt short, and play ATP...automatic 2 putt... it is not worth it to mess up a good putting stroke, for one round...or one tournament, in this case....it could take weeks to get a good stroke back.

WD, watch baseball.
05.1.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
chicago, the penalty is for missing your pro-am time. As I understand it Vijay WD'd early and they had plenty of time to replace him.

What's the over/under on total WD's by weeks end? S&T?

Wonder what the record is?

Tiger
Jet Ski
Poulter
Vijay

Who did I miss?

(technically Tiger was not a WD, perfect example of why he doesn't commit months in advance)
05.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Well, I guess we now know DTF is a huge Tiger fan.

Applauding Tiger because he doesn't commit months in advance a bit excessive.

So, Tiger won't commit just in case his back is sore on the Wednesday morning before a tournament and so he won't have a WD beside his name? Or maybe he is doing it out of kindness for the next alternate who isn't sure if he should travel to the tournament site or not? But then woun't that make the travel decision for the next-next alternate more difficult?

Yay, way to go Tiger?

I am just not catching the fever.
05.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Rep Monster
I think you are reading way too much into DTF's post, Rep Monster....
05.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSari
I think he's trying to hurt my feelings?

Please explain in detail this Wednesday Thesis you have put forth above.
05.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Feel bad that they've lost greens, but putting on garbage, can impact
your stroke for a while.
Have no problem with these "injuries".
05.1.2013 | Unregistered Commenterhypaucrit
Poulter at least gets a golf clap for doing the charity event he committed to before bailing.
05.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
I would be surprised if there anymore WD's. As someone pointed out, there may come a day when a some of these guys will be looking for a sponsor's exemption. If you look at some qualifiers you see the names of former "stars" Jansen, DiMarco etc.. no long term contracts out there.
Pretty sure QH has a new Super hired to oversee the conversion to ultradwarf Bermuda for the 2017 PGA. Couldn't have walked into a much worse situation, as the new guy all eyes are fixed upon the product he's producing for the Wells Fargo. A similar hand was dealt to Tom Vlach at TPC Sawgrass a few years back after Fred Klauk retired. A extremely harsh Winter by North Florida standards left the course in less than desireable conditioning for The Players. At least the TPC guys only had to plug a few areas, couldn't imagine sodding a couple weeks out.
05.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad S
If they knew they were changing the greens after the tournament, they should have seeded the greens 6 weeks before with tons of poa trivialis .
05.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTom
Tom,

You're assuming conditions existed 6 weeks ago that would assure Poa triv germinates.

http://www2.gcsaa.org/gcm/1999/nov99/11poa.html
05.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad S
Yep, it would have been a bit of a gamble, but seeding would have caused minimal surface disruption, and the chances of a better canopy would have been high.......even in cold weather. Something tells me the greens were probably showing signs of not being ready - long before the tourney.
05.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTom
It has been cold as hell this spring in Virginia, but we have G-2 bentgrass also and the greens are perfect at my place.
05.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCT

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