cgkdisc wrote:I talked with Brian Cummings last night and he's finally convinced at least one tree needs to come out on Red 9 which I've been suggesting for a while. I agree that 18 Gold really hasn't been tweaked just right yet.
We'll be looking at scoring spreads from the event. From earlier warmup events, the Red course had great gold level spreads on every hole with an SSA around 53.5. Blue had some iffy spreads on a few holes like 4 (lots of 3s) since the wind was dead that day. Sounds like more "normal" conditions this weekend with Blue SSA coming in around 52. SSA for Gold was just above 62 which puts it almost the same as Hippodrome in PW2006 where Kenny shot the 50. I think beating 54 will be possible but a 50 would be superhuman.
Yeah, because making the gap on Red 9 isn't the only aspect to that hole. There's a good decision to be made on how to attack the bunker short of the hole. I tried to go over while the locals were cutting short and left. As of now making the gap is really the primary issue and what happens after that is nearly irrelevant.
I'm sure there were some fantastic spreads on the Red holes, however there's spreads due to luck and there's spreads due to skill levels, and there's spreads due to decision making. I do believe the breaks are manageable on that course, but there's a reason I wanted to work on forehand rollers before worlds.
Yeah, Blue 4 is a horrible hole, as is 6 and 8. which is too bad because the differing routes off the tee on 4 and 8 were great, but ultimately it didn't even matter if you made it by the trees because you could get up and down from anywhere.
On another note. I only saw one 2 meter penalty and it was the classic double penalty. There was a bush 50ft short of a pin. A guy missed the throw around the bush which already cost him one stroke because not only was he 50ft out still, but he had a bad stance as well. But he was about 8 ft up so that 5 became a 6. There is so much wisdom to what MDR said, I couldn't remember a shot this whole weekend under 2 meters which means it's a total fluke whether it sticks in a tree or bush. I hope this rule never rears it's ugly head again.