As is frequently the case The Scotsman’s comments section provides a welcome touch of humour except when they are criticising John Huggan.
Tonyteehee writes, “Won't matter to Tiger if it is firm softness or soft firmness. The rough is always the same and the way he has been playing I'd be worried about it being thick haggis or huge asparagus...”
Tiger’s take on the conditions
“I had seen photos of it a month ago. It was bone dry. It looked like it was going to be one of those dust bowls again; hard, fast, like the years I’ve played St Andrews. It’s changed…They got big rain and a lot of sun. It’s totally changed.
We made ball marks on the greens. I don’t ever remember making ball marks around this place. I was shocked…I’m going to have to do a little bit of feel around the greens, my putting. I wasn’t expecting the firmness to be that soft.”
To which Accies1874 comments, "I wasn't expecting the firmness to be that soft.
I'll have a wee lie doon and think about that one.........”
“Under-prepared for links golf”
“Spieth has hurt Open chances, says Paul McGinley and who am I to disagree given his background. But I beg to differ although he does make a good point about past winners.
“It’ll be interesting to see as his career develops whether he’ll go down the road of preparing for the Open because it is a very different form of golf. It’s like tennis. Everyone knows that playing a lush, inland golf course is very different than playing a links course. Can you prepare yourself in a couple of days to win? Guys have done that in the past [Todd Hamilton picked up the Claret Jug at Troon in 2004 the week after finishing 57th in the John Deere event] but 95 per cent of the Open winners in the last 20 years have played some kind of links the week before.”
Here’s the link to the Tiger article and Paul McGinley
Quote of the Day
“The yardage books are so good nowadays, but around St Andrews the yardage book goes out the window.” – Paul McGinley