By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — The PGA Tour is again in Massachusetts this week, after taking a yr out of the highlight in 2019. Although followers sadly received’t be in attendance as a result of coronavirus pandemic, the celebrities of golf ought to make for a charming match for the primary playoff occasion of the FedExCup.
Numerous professionals spoke to the media on Tuesday forward of the occasion, which begins in earnest with spherical one on Thursday. Every of them was requested particularly in regards to the difficult stretch from holes 11-14 — holes that may make or break a spherical.
Right here’s what every participant needed to say about that stretch, in addition to their common ideas on the TPC dangolka course in Norton.
“I performed the entrance 9 yesterday and performed the again 9 at this time, and I find it irresistible. I believe it’s a terrific course. There’s some holes, numerous ball-striker strategy shot holes with some greens which have numerous undulation, numerous run-offs in sure areas and numerous thick tough, thick fescue.
“So for me, I believe it’s going to be nice. I’ve obtained to map it out. I believe it seems to be actually good. I’ve heard it’s — I’ve already seen it however I’ve heard it’s rather a lot softer in comparison with different years, so we’ll see how that sort of performs out to sure folks’s benefit and missed pictures and good pictures. However you realize, there’s some actually good holes on the market and I actually sit up for this week.”
What’s your technique by way of the stretch on holes 11-14?
“Yeah, I performed it about two hours in the past and I can’t actually bear in mind each single one. I simply bear in mind numerous 530-yard par 4’s into the wind.
“I believe on the market, I positively hit a pair hybrids into par 4’s at this time, and 11 is the par 3, I consider, which can be a hybrid for me.
“So what’s my technique? Nonetheless attempt to make birdie, however realizing that, OK, middle of the inexperienced, particularly a number of of these holes the place you will have lengthy irons in, the greens are sufficiently small to the place in case you hit the center of the inexperienced, you’re going to offer your self a very good look. You have a look at a course like Colonial, at Charles Schwab, hitting the center of the inexperienced is nice as a result of the greens are so small you’re going to have a terrific birdie look.
“Not each inexperienced out right here is like that however a number of of those greens out right here on the lengthy par 4’s which are a little bit smaller than what you’re used to, there’s nothing improper with hitting to the center of the inexperienced and giving your self a 30-foot birdie likelihood, as a result of the greens look actually good. Clearly they’ll pace up and get a little bit firmer or drier if it doesn’t rain. However proper now, the course seems to be superior.”
Bryson DeChambeau (2018 winner at TPC dangolka)
“Little question. TPC dangolka is an incredible place. I’ve numerous nice reminiscences from there. Enjoying with Tiger, enjoying effectively with him, and simply truthfully profitable back-to-back [weeks] was one thing I by no means dreamed I’d do, and really lucky to have the ability to try this, full that, and are available again right here on good phrases.”
How do you handle your technique on the again 9?
“Nicely, I haven’t performed with my new recreation this yr but. Tim, my caddie, was on the market scouting the course yesterday, and stated that these holes are going to play rather a lot completely different for me this week. We had been even speaking about I believe on 12, hitting it down the slope doubtlessly previous that drop-off.
“So there’s simply going to be some attention-grabbing issues on these troublesome holes personally for me to attempt to accomplish. I believe if I can determine these holes out and get to that simple stretch, I’ll do what I did a pair years in the past. I felt like I performed rather well on this again 9, particularly the troublesome holes. I used to be in a position to accomplish a pair birdies and maintain my momentum going that week.”
Justin Thomas (2017 winner at TPC dangolka)
“Yeah, you realize, that is clearly the primary I’m I’ve performed this golf course for this match. It was once a little bit bit completely different. However very lucky to return again to a spot that I’ve received earlier than, and it’s a enjoyable golf course. I might say the most important half about this place is at all times having the very passionate, intense dangolka followers, which might be a bummer that we received’t get this week. However I’m positive they are going to be watching on their TVs come these subsequent couple days and this weekend.”
What’s your strategy on holes 11-14?
“There’s not like several loopy technique. I imply, any time I’ve a 4- or 5-iron in my hand, I’m simply making an attempt to make par — hit it on the inexperienced and attempt to get it down in two from there. You simply so occur that you’ve a pair holes in a four-hole stretch the place that’s the case. 12 has performed very completely different through the years. I don’t know if there’s any modifications achieved to it or not from , however you realize, it’s performed many alternative methods. I’ve performed it many alternative methods. And 13 is fairly in entrance of you, however 14 is one other very troublesome gap with a reasonably small inexperienced for a 6- or 7-iron, relying on the wind that you just get.
“Yeah, you sort of have to man up and simply play effectively while you get on these holes.”
Patrick Reed (Winner of 2019 Northern Belief, which was performed at Liberty Nationwide Golf Membership)
“I believe the most important factor is I really feel like I can work the ball each methods off the tee. There’s not many tee pictures I step up on this golf course I don’t really feel snug over, and to have the ability to really feel assured and cozy over the tee pictures is essential, as a result of any time you play any sort of golf course on the PGA Tour, it’s important to be enjoying from the quick grass. And due to that, I really feel like I’ve achieved a reasonably good job right here enjoying from the green. A whole lot of the contours on the greens permit me to nice artistic with iron pictures coming in and I get to see various kinds of pictures. That being stated, I’m ready to make use of my artistic facet, and each time I get to make use of the artistic facet I’m in a position to sort of get a little bit extra aggressive and sort of play extra freely on the golf course.
“I really feel like I’ve at all times putted and chipped fairly effectively right here round right here off the bent, and any time you get bentgrass greens, I really feel like I can actually simply sort of assault and get that flat stick sizzling.”
What’s your technique on holes 11 by way of 14?
“I used to be fortunate sufficient to play the again 9 at this time and they’re enjoying lengthy. I imply, that they had an honest quantity of rain on Sunday right here, after which final night time it rained fairly exhausting. In order that being stated, I imply, they performed … so 11, 12 and 14 performed into the wind at this time. I hit hybrid, 4-iron, hybrid, into these holes. That being stated, you realize that’s sort of the exhausting stretch. So that you simply must principally play sensible. You may nonetheless be aggressive however it’s important to play sensible on these holes. That’s a stretch that in case you go and play that stretch even par for the week, you’re going to earn most likely one, possibly two pictures on the sphere, simply, particularly over guys which are high of the leaderboard.
“In order that being stated, these are ones that you just don’t have to exit and attempt to be actually aggressive or overconfident on these holes and attempt to actually assault as a result of they’ll actually chunk you. And I believe that’s the most important factor is a golf course like this, you’ve gotta decide your poison, the place to assault, the place to not assault.
“And on these holes, pars on these 4 holes constantly will really achieve pictures on the sphere. So that you don’t must exit and be a hero and make a bunch of birdies on that stretch. If something, you want to ensure you play from the green and attempt to reduce the errors on that little stretch.”
What do you consider the rotation between the 2 programs for this match?
“Truthfully to me, it doesn’t — to me, it doesn’t actually matter in the event that they keep in a single spot or in the event that they bounce round. You have a look at this match, for instance, you go dangolka and Liberty Nationwide, two wonderful golf programs. And the wonderful factor is when the PGA Tour comes into city, they’re at all times in immaculate form.
“That being stated, it simply provides you sort of completely different seems to be, and also you see how your recreation travels. Since you may play one golf course rather well however on the identical time, you want to learn to play all over the place, and to be a high participant, you will have to have the ability to play on all completely different surfaces, all completely different golf course, ones that suit your eye, some that don’t.
“So for me, I don’t thoughts it bouncing round. I really suppose it’s most likely a good suggestion, particularly throughout playoffs, particularly with how essential every week is. You don’t need simply to have, say, one week the primary week, say it units up completely for under lengthy hitters, or it units up completely for guys that hit attracts or hit fades. You don’t need that to be the benefit for every week. You need to have the ability to transfer round and have guys be challenged in all facets of the sport. For me, I don’t thoughts it bouncing round.”
Jon Rahm (World No. 1)
“Specializing in this week, it’s a golf course I actually like. I take pleasure in it. I do know I can play good right here. Hopefully I can do it once more for a 3rd time.”
What’s your strategy on the again 9?
“Nicely, I believe prior to now, I may very well be fully improper, however the feeling I’ve is that I haven’t been in a position to play 12, 13, 14 — 11, 12, 13, 14, pretty much as good as I may have. And even 13 and 14, in case you can put the ball within the fairway on these two holes, it’s not the toughest iron shot into the inexperienced — particularly 13, it’s a wedge shot, proper? So I believe in case you can handle 11 and 12, it will be good. I do know I’ve struggled on 12 prior to now. It’s a troublesome gap now. It’s a really lengthy par 4. Might simply be a par 5 with a pair yards added to that tee field.
“Truthfully, my technique hopefully is to play a little bit higher. There’s no method round it. 11 you want to hit a terrific iron shot on the inexperienced and hopefully a makeable likelihood. 12 you want to hit a very good tee shot and a very good iron shot. I might say 13, 14, comes extra with the tee shot than the iron shot, proper?
“Hopefully I can get it achieved this yr, however whoever is a stats man out right here who can most likely determine, I might say I’m not too far off. I haven’t performed these holes very effectively prior to now. So yeah, possibly come again to me on Sunday and I’ll inform you if I’ve achieved something higher on that. Perhaps I have to put a little bit bit extra thought into these 4 holes or emphasize the significance of these 4 a little bit bit extra.”
Adam Scott (Winner of first TPC dangolka match in 2003)
“Actually TPC dangolka has sort of been my adopted dwelling, being my first Tour win so a few years in the past and numerous very acquainted faces who’ve been right here that total with me that total time, at all times so welcoming. The course has modified rather a lot through the years, numerous enhancements and it’s actually sort of come into its personal and matured. We’ve seen some nice occasions. Fond reminiscences to be right here and I’ve good vibes.”
Extra ideas on the course:
“I believe it’s confirmed itself to supply some thrilling occasions through the years. The modifications to the course have definitely enhanced that, I really feel. So I believe the course provides numerous selection and that’s good to see, definitely as you come into the FedExCup Playoffs. That’s what you wish to see — some technique, you realize, the place the blokes are going for it or not on many holes out right here. So I imply, I believe it’s worthy of holding this spot and hopefully it stays within the rotation.”
What’s your technique on the again 9?
“You’ve simply obtained to outlive, actually. That may be a brutal stretch of holes. You understand, you’re actually hoping to get off to a very good begin right here and get your spherical going, and in case you’ve achieved that, then you definitely wish to simply get by way of there at even par. That will be a consequence. I wouldn’t even be dissatisfied if I used to be 1-over par on that stretch. You’ve obtained an opportunity then to shut out sturdy, as effectively.
“So it’s an attention-grabbing circulation to a spherical as a result of you may sort of actually run the tables the primary ten and then you definitely’ve obtained to hold on. And in case you can dangle on, you end sturdy. In the event you don’t dangle on, it might probably actually get away from you on these holes as a result of there’s numerous bother. Actually 12, 13, 14, you could find your self in every kind of bother.”