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Aimee
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PGA Championship

Went to Bethpage to see a practice round on Wednesday. Pretty wet and muddy in areas where we were walking, but the fairways were fine. Actually I was surprised it wasn't worse, but I'm guessing the sandy soil absorbs quickly. We saw Adam Scott, Tony Finau, Brandt Snedecker (his bag just said "Sneds"), Graeme McDowell, Webb Simpson, Max Homa and other guys that frankly I don't know who they were so I don't recall their names! Practice rounds are interesting because they will take multiple shots, like on a par 4 one guy hit driver, then 3W, to see where he'd wind up. Also they putt to different parts of the green to see the slope, and hit multiple chips for the same reason. Off the tee they hit it so far you don't even see the ball. We sat for a few minutes in a grandstand behind a par 3 to watch the shots coming in to the green. The course is extremely hilly, it would be brutally hard to play. Many highly elevated greens. I can see why rounds take 5 1/2 hours for the weekend hackers.

DON
I just looked at the current

I just looked at the current leader board and the lead is now 9 UNDER. Jordan Speith is in second place after a good second round. I plan to watch at least part of the action this weekend. I lieved on Long Island for 9 years, and you are right about the soil Aimee, nothing but sand and it drains very fast. I was surprised to learn about how hilly it is on the course. They must have built the course on the hilliest part of the island as it's not that hilly for the most part.  I wonder what the elevation change is on the course, as I know parts of Long Island are below Sea Level. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Aimee
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I grew up on Long Island, moved to NJ after 6th grade. Still have family out there. It was def flat where I used to live, our teacher in Elem school said the land was potato farms. Maybe the patch of land was one of those areas where the glaciers deposited silt, since I don’t know that Tillinghast was big into earth movers.

It's not how...it's how many

DON
I was glad to see Brooks win

I was glad to see Brooks win the event. He now has won 4 of the last 8 majors which is pretty good for anyone. With his length off the tee he's got what it takes to win a lot more events if he stays healthy. He hits all of his clubs a long way, Hard to imagine hitting a short iron or wedge as far as hie can hit it. I believe he hit a Gap Wedge when he had about 165 to the flag and he came up pin high as I remember. I'd be hitting an 8 iron at that distance, and my Gap wedge is good for 120 or so at the most. 

I lived 60 miles East of NYC, and the soil was really sandy. If you dig down about a foot or so you reach White Sand and you will find small sea shells all through the sand. Most of the shells were about the size of a Dime or smaller as I remember. Pototos, cabbage and Ducks were three of the main things grown or raised on Long Island when I lieve there in the 60's. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Scott Rushing
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Brooks played well .. very

Brooks played well .. very well.  Nice to see him work through those 4 bogeys and pull it out.

Golf Digest did an interesting article..using the Cobra data from their Arcos grip swing tool analyzers to compare how Brooks plays Bethpage compared to "us"..the average golfer.    Very interesting   https://www.golfdigest.com/story/we-used-real-data-to-determine-what-clu... Especially looking at each hole and the insane distances he carries the ball.

 

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