Dell - WGC Match Play Champioships

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scomac
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Dell - WGC Match Play Champioships

Watched a fair bit of the WGC Match Play Championship over the weekend.  Both winner Dustin Johnson and John Rahm were on some kind of roll.  But, I have to say that I'm just left gobsmacked with some of the yardages being reported.  357 yard 3 woods and 217 yard 8 irons -- WTF!!  surprise  There's something fundamentally wrong with the game when a 600 yard par five can be reached in two with a driver and a short iron.  There is no translation to the amateur game whatsoever.  For the average Joe to do that would require a par 5 of about 360 yards, tops.  They don't exist; anywhere!

I'm sorry, but this stuff doesn't pass the smell test.  Something or more likely several things are being doctored up for the spectacle!

DON
Hard to imagine that on one

Hard to imagine that on one hole Dustin hit a 424 yard drive to end up 14 yards behind Jon after Jon hit a 438 yard monster. One thing you have to know about the PGA tour is that they do NOT water the course for the two weeks before the start of the event starts so by the last day of play it's been almost 3 weeks with zero water so the fairways are super firm and fast. That alone can make a big difference ih how far those tee shots go when they get tons of roll outl

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
This was also DJ's third win

This was also DJ's third win in a row on tour. so he is one great roll right now.

 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

scomac
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Looking back on it there were

Looking back on it there were an aweful lot of downhill, down wind tee shots.  Add in fairways that probably stimp faster than a recreational course green does and you have a recipe for mammoth yardages.  It's the same as what we saw back in Hawaii back in January.

It's still ridiculous IMO!  Maybe we need to start seeing a whole lot more of US Open style set-ups.  I'd love to see guys have to think their way around the course rather than the current bombs away approach.

DON
I think I'd rather see more

I think I'd rather see more courses set up thw way most amatuers get to play a course. Let them water the greens and fairways the same way they would all season, not cut off the watering 2 weeks before the event so the fairways dry out and firm up for more roll out off the tee. I remember watching an LPGA event on time when they were playing the course after 3 or 4 days of rain and the fairways were wet and soft. They were doing good to get 230 yards with their drivers that week. Not only were the fairways soft but I'm sure the grass had grown up a lot more due to all the rain and that just made the fairways even slower. Most of the time the ball would land and stop within a few yards of where it landed instead of rolling out 30 or 40 yards.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Aimee
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conditions

and to the conditions we play in...lumpy/clumpy rough. Greens that don't all roll at the same speed. Sand traps that sometimes have soft sand, sometimes have something resembling clay. So you never quite know what you will have to deal with. That takes REAL skill.

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