DL3: Medinah set up favors Team U.S. in Ryder Cup
By mustang6560 on 9/18/12
Medinah Country Club, the site of the 2012 Ryder Cup, has hosted its fair share of championship golf — three U.S. Opens ('49, '75, '90), two PGA Championships ('99, '06), and one U.S. Senior Open ('88). However, U.S. Captain Davis Love III says the course set up for the Ryder Cup will be easier, which favors his team.
U.S. captain Davis Love III wanted Medinah set up to favor the Americans next week in the Ryder Cup, and he kept to a simple philosophy.

The rough is down. The speed of the greens is up.

"It's going to look like a major championship because Medinah is a big old golf course, with big trees and obviously big tents," Love said Monday at Sea Island Golf Club. "It's going to look like a major, but it's going to play probably easier than a major. That benefits our team. We're a long-hitting, freewheeling, fun-to-watch team. And I think it's going to be fun to watch."
I'm not sure a course set up can favor one side over the other, but as an American rooting for DL3's team, I'll take any advantage I can get (be it real or imaginary). Regardless, I'm happy to hear that the set up will favor birdies because nobody wants to watch an exhibition match like the Ryder Cup and see people hacking it around the course for bogey (or worse!). We want to see birdies and eagles and lots of them!

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joe jones says:
As I have said before. They better be straight off the tees. Medinah has a number of par fours where you can hit through the dog legs. I cured the problem by hitting a 3 wood off some of the tees.This will be especially true if the course is playing hard and fast. It will help if the rough isn't as high as usual. Anybody that can work the ball both ways with accuracy will have a huge advantage.
falcon50driver says:
And the guys who hit the ball closer to the hole will have lower scores.
Backquak says:
@falcon umm, not exactly, but the guys that hit the ball in the hole in the fewest strokes will win
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