Is Nicklaus Punishing Players?
By Kickntrue on 6/3/09
Last year some PGA Tour players complained about the overly difficult setup at Muirfield Village for the Memorial. Jack Nicklaus who's name and influence is all over the tournament (as it should be as the host) has full control over the course setup. He says he's not trying to punish players, but instead make the course challenging. Some insiders aren't so sure the differences are clear cut.
Some changes have been made this year due to past criticisms. The rough will be a little shorter and the bunkers around the green which have had furrows the past couple years will return to a more standard look.
Do you guys like seeing the pros eat it or do you want to see them go low?
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Nicklaus designs courses that force shots to be made. Classic courses always give players a shot (ie. run the ball up to the green). Nicklaus and other new course designers tend to make more target golf courses. However, they are professional golfers, so penalize them for missing shots.
Crazy how these guys will complain about the things that they do. I would like to think that they are grateful for the things they have and just focus on being better. Pretty sure Tiger isn't complaining....
Quite honestly, I can see Jack thinking "I'm gonna make sure nobody goes low at MY tournament". The competitor that he is, that's all he has left, and there's nothing wrong with that. If you make a golf course difficult, somebody is going to complain, that's just the way it is. It just makes it that much more satisfying for the winner. As long as everyone is playing the same course, tee it up and play away.
It never looks (sounds) good for a pro-golfer to complain. I have little sympathy for any millionaire pro athlete complaining. I get that they want to shine, but since everyone is playing the same course, just play.
Heaven forbid someone make it challenging and make you have to hit a draw or play a fade that actually goes AROUND something. Players complain because they can't take the driver off the tee every hole, and they complain when the fairways are too narrow. Newsflash guys --- you're pros. It's supposed to be hard. It's supposed to be entertaining. Choose your clubs wisely, use a little of that brain you have and make some good shots. Honestly -- they have the greatest job in the world and they still complain about the office.
There is nothing wrong with "Major Risk Reward Setups", It seperates the "Real Players from The Pretenders"!! Some of these guys cry about Riviera being to hard. It ain't that bad, my best two rounds there back in the 70's were +7 & +8 while the others in my foursome recorded scores from 93 to 117. A "Good Test" makes for "A Better Game" and player improvement. JWHpurist
If it ain't a struggle, then where's the victory. These guys are pros and they get paid pretty darn good to perform. Simple economics say that if you're going to get paid that much money, then you better perform that much better. In short, here's a quarter, call someone who cares how tough it is to make millions while walking around in some of the world's most gorgeous settings. IOW, man-up!
Doesn't look like Luke Donald was challenged too much on day 1.
mjaber, but he sure was challenged on day 2. +4,,,, yikessss
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