Rough can be used in place of length
The Way It Should Be
By Snyper on 6/28/10
Matt Snyder is an opinionated* golf enthusiast from Pennsylvania. He coaches at the high school level, molding the minds and swings of our next generation. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts and opinions of Matt in the comments. Don't hold back- because Matt won't.

It's starting to sound repetitive, but what a great tournament for the PGA Tour again this week! It was awesome to see a young bomber fighting it out with two more "experienced" players for the win. And what make this great finish possible? A fair golf course!

I am sick and tired of the PGA and the USGA taking courses and stretching them to insane yardages to make the course more difficult. It doesn't accomplish that at all. Instead, it isolates players like Corey Pavin or Justin Leonard who are great golfers that just don't hit the ball a mile off the tee. They have little to no chance to compete on courses that are extremely long. So, quite literally, the USGA kills the little man. But I can understand why they do it. After all, who wants to watch a Sunday like we saw today? The course was hard enough to demolish Justin Rose and fair enough to allow Verplank and Pavin to challenge for the win. That's boring, right!?

I am sick and tired of the PGA and the USGA taking courses and stretching them to insane yardages to make the course more difficult. It doesn't accomplish that at all.
Mike Davis, I hope you are paying attention to what is going on these days. There is an incredible mix of young talent that can hit the ball a long way and also some seasoned veterans who are playing good enough golf to compete with guys half their age. That is to say, as long as you don't ruin it by taking the courses and stretching them to the maximum yardages. You have absolutely nothing to gain with that strategy! If you want to make the courses more difficult, don't always look to the length to do it. How about actually addressing the characteristics of the course that put a higher demand on good golf. Let the rough grow higher, narrow the fairways, and for goodness sake, let the greens get a littler firmer. I'm not saying they should be like concrete, but let's see these guys actually have to hit the ball from the fairway to control the ball on their approach shot, ala Pebble Beach. And don't even get me started on the whole grooves scam again. We all know now that the grooves are a joke and the numbers support the fact that changing the grooves changed absolutely nothing. So, don't just make courses longer and weed out all the great talent from senior players who can still compete. Do the right things to demand the best golf and give the fans a chance to cheer for all types of players. I mean, who wasn’t cheering for Corey Pavin this week? The guy is awesome!

It seems like there is a great storyline among the leaders each and every week.
I do not care what anyone says, this has been one of the best years for the PGA Tour within the last decade. It seems like there is a great storyline among the leaders each and every week. I have to mention that I believe the lack of Tiger has a lot to do with it. Without him around, there is a lot more airtime for everyone else. Viewers don’t have to watch recap after recap of Tiger’s round when he isn’t even in contention. I don’t blame Tiger for the terrible job that the media does, but it is the truth. I don’t care about the purses and all the press that he brings. Better coverage and tournaments that come down to the back nine every Sunday, what more can a golf fan ask for? Professional golfers where happy enough playing for the money that they played for before Tiger, so why should the fan care if those guys are making more money now? I just want to see good golf!

All right, enough about Tiger. It has been a lot of fun watching these guys play the game that I love at the highest level. I’ve enjoyed getting to know some of the newer players and also reconnecting with some of the guys who have been around for a long time. My hope is that Mr. Davis and all the others responsible for course setups and executive decisions around the PGA Tour are actually paying attention to the things that are happening in the game and doing their best to continue them. After an awesome week at the Open last week, I was looking for a let down this week. Silly me. Keep up the good work USGA and don’t threaten to move tournaments because the courses aren’t 7500 yards long. Let the fans see all different styles of play. The truth is that you don’t have to hit the ball 300 yards to be good at the game of golf. The PGA Tour should represent that truth!

* Matt's views and opinions are his own do not necessarily reflect those of oobgolf.

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lcgolfer64 says:
Great article Matt. It's good to see a mix of players young and old in the top 10.
Agree with your assesment- I play with some guys on a regular basis that are not long off the tee. I can play 3w off the tee longer than most of them, but I end up paying out at the end of the match due to them being more accurate than me!
tennesseeboy says:
Next time you're on a golf course, ask yourself where the gallery would be standing for a PGA tournament. On my home course they would be standing in knee high weeds or very thick woods on most of the holes. That may be a factor in why PGA tournaments are set up the way they are. Long open holes are better for spectators...Paying spectators. They could declare areas that should be unplayable as out of bounds. The problem with that is most television viewer would rather watch a Phil Mickelson hit off a cart path than watch him add a penalty stroke to his score card.
rich1616 says:
I agree with Matt 100%. Seeing Corey Pavin show his talent was great and is why I used to watch golf all the time. I play the game myself and love it when the players have to shape their shots and use every club in the bag! Let's hope the PGA gets it!
bducharm says:
I was SO happy for Bubba - his fist tour victory!!! If you guys are into Twitter, definitely follow Bubba (@BubbaWatson). He tweeted 9 minutes before the playoff started - It's go time!!!
mjaber says:
I find it interesting that even though Verplank made it to the 2nd playoff hole, and Pavin was out after the first, they both show as a T2 in the final standings. I would have thought that Verplank would have earned a solo 2nd, and Pavin a solo 3rd. I guess I was wrong.
cheymike says:
Until the playoff is played, they are all T1. Once the playoff starts, whoever wins it, wins it. Whoever was in the playoff is 2nd, regardless of how long they were in the playoff or how many of them there were. Nowwwww is it clear??!! LOL! *just kidding, makes no sense to me either*
mjaber says:
@cheymike... LOL... I think Pavin got the better of the deal. He played 1 less hole, and made the same money as Verplank.
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