Tod Leonard takes a closer look at Ritz Carlton Golf Club's greens and notes that the course is signed through 2014 to host the Accenture Match Play. And we know, PGA Tour contracts are ironclad. Well, unless the course starts scaring players away. Something to watch in this case.
It was clear from Woods' comments about the tricked-up greens designed by Jack Nicklaus that the world's top player was not a fan. “If they had them at normal tour speed, they would be unplayable,” Woods said.
That's Tiger-speak for “I hate 'em.”
He wasn't the only one.
Asked to talk about the greens, Love said, “There's 18 of them.”
Said Camilo Villegas: “I probably don't want to compare this to any other golf course. I got to say it's unique. It's different. The greens are very severe.”
Nicklaus designed the course specifically to host the Match Play, but it is supposed to be played by resort golfers at all other times, and yet it looks like three-putt city for anybody with a handicap in the double digits. Hardly a relaxing experience.
“Unfortunately, whenever a golf course is designed with a golf tournament in mind, I don't think they take the other 51 weeks into mind really,” Ogilvy said. “I've got the feeling maybe some adjustments will be made in the next few months.