Phil Hits Driver on Par 3 11th
By mustang6560 on 7/13/11
The Open Championship at Royal St. George's may shape up to be what the U.S. Open at Congressional wasn't - the hardest major of the year.
The layout out of Royal St. George's is tough in its own right, but when you take into account how much the wind could affect play it becomes downright nasty.
On the 242 yard par 3 11th yesterday, the wind was so strong that Phil Mickelson - who is one of the big hitters on tour - had to hit driver off the tee AND he still couldn't get it to the green. It went a meager 210 yards.
"I enjoyed playing in this kind of wind," he said after Tuesday’s practice round. "It was interesting to see a drive on 17 go 380 yards and a drive on 11 go 210. It’s just interesting, the air is so thick and the wind is so strong, to have such a varying degree and such an importance of trajectory and flight. I really enjoy playing here.Wind gusts of up to 30 mph are forecast for the first couple days so tournament officials announced that they might shorten a few of the holes to account for it, in particular holes 7 and 11.
Man, I know I would get owned on a links style course with winds like that, however, I really want to play one. The idea of having to beat the course and the weather sounds intriguing. I'll have to tighten up my game a little first...
photo by Ed (supergolfdude)
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Phil will have 4 drivers in the bag on thursday. 1 with a draw bias, 1 with a draw bias that he hits 40 yards farther, 1 that is 3 degrees and 1 that is, in reality, a veggie burger.
I think I understand Phil's take on the wind. Having played in the remnants of super typhoon Melor, extreme conditions can make a normal round of golf really interesting. I certainly would not want to play in harsh weather on a routine basis but once in a while is fun.
I played in Hawaii on the Kings Course a few years back and the wind was howling so hard it made playing golf absurdly fun. You would have to drive the ball 30 yards left of target in order to hopefully get it in the fairway. My friend's hat blew off on the front nine and disappeared and then laughed so hard when it showed up on a hole on the back nine! Wind can be fun when it's that hard but I prefer a little breeze at most on a regular basis.
Scott Shields says:
Belive it or not, michigan can get that way during the season changes, end of march / early april ... played on a course with about 25-35 sustained winds ... had a blast. When the wind was in our face, driver flew about 200, when it was at our backs ... 350. You could see the balls on the green 'wabbling' when while you were lining up your putt. Pretty wild, it was fun, but I wouldn't want to do it everyday. Once or twice a year is good for me.
Oh yeah, and in Hawaii, it being a warm wind helped!
we get to play in the wind pretty regularly here in west texas, I just posted a round that going into the wind I was happy with 230 and finally on 17 and 18 I finally got to use the wind.
Sometimes on hole #1 at the Cancun Hilton course the ball will be blown off the green. It's kind of an elevated green and closest to the beach.
@envythepea. Is your avatar from Waikoloa golf course?
birdieX... 4 DRIVERS, LOL! that sir, takes comment of the week, i'm still laughing...
Matt F says:
Daly tweeted that he used driver for the hole yesterday...he made it to the green.
I hate wind, but links golf.
One of my best rounds was during Santa Ana winds at the 9 hole course in my hometown. I used the wind to make a putt for par. Gauged the direction of the wind in relation to the hole, tapped the ball sideways and watched the wind take to the heart of the hole. Funny story about that day too...see next post...
We finished the first 9 and I knew I had $5 in the ashtray for some snacks and beverages. When we arrived, I parked the truck in the dirt area between the shop and the clubhouse, which left it facing with the wind. I left it second gear and no parking brake, 1st is granny low.(The engine was worn and had low compression but I had parked it like this many times before) So we came around the clubhouse and my truck was gone. The wind blew it across the parking lot, where it jumped a railroad-tie planter border that housed the propane tank. The truck climbed up tank, and rolled back into a parking stall. Luckily it only caused minimal damage to the trim on the building, and scratched the tank, but the truck was unscathed.
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