"The changes are better than I thought," said Mike Weir, the 2003 winner. "I would like to see them shorten the rough just a little more, especially on No. 11. Other than that, the changes are great."
Padraig Harrington, who couldn't escape damaging double bogeys, said the course "played great" and put a premium on execution, the way it should be.
"The difference between a shot coming off and not coming off is a birdie to double bogey," he said.
Davis Love is a golf course architect when he's not playing major championships around the globe or on the PGA Tour.
"I like the changes," he said. "As an architect, I have some suggestions about the trees."
The opening tee shot, Love said, "is perfect, it fits."
St. Andrews may be the home of golf, but Carnoustie is the home of Australian and American professional golf. HERBERT WARREN WIND