"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."
I do not mean to imply that short par-3s do not exist anymore, though its type is not frequently attempted by many architects today. But quite selfishly, I would enjoy seeing more of them, for it's one of the many ways to check unbridled power, and occasionally, make those long hitter's knees tremble.