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@24 jjames : Wentworth's fairways are mostly tree lined so provide an obvious hazard to wayward driving !
I have always loved Wentworth - simply because you stray offline with the tee shots you are liable to be laying up or chipping out sideways. That is how a true modern golf course should be and it means you have to balance accuracy with power.It must be a big test of concentration as well because a couple of loose shots and your whole day can change.
@22 CevertI agree about the silly shapes and the sand, but the point I was making is that I played last night and my ball trickled into a bunker. Because the sand hadn't been compressed on the slopes I was left with an awkward lie, whereas at Wentworth it would have rolled to a flat surface, making the shot much easier.
@20 Wildwood : Bunkers have been ruined at Wentworth now because of the need to have silly shaped, eye blindingly white traps with no character that you can see from Mars. Check out Walton Heath, Sunningdale and many other courses in that area for great bunkers and the way they should have been kept and improved on.
I was there for three days and yes, the one remaining gripe is for the spectators. More grandstands please, they even removed the one from 7 this year. You can't see much on 14. It's a signature hole yet there's a small BMW stand. Why not build more platforms around it to create a mini stadium feel ? Some holes are great for viewing but some are not worth walking to.
I agree the course looked good. The reshaping of the greens has given them a new lease of life, especially 11.IC mentioned the redesign of the bunkers last week. I was interested to see that they compress the sand on the banks. This means the ball responds to gravity and returns to the base, which is fairly flat. Makes getting out much easier. Wish they'd do that at my club!
Congratulations to Wentworth and European Tour in providing a top class course and event. You can see where the investment has been made. Now can they look at creating elevated spectator viewing mounds to improve the paying visitor experience. Many views of putting surfaces are below the height of the green or too far away! Creating natural stadium style views may help generate more atmosphere!
I thought the course seemed back to its best but I still think 18 looks wrong. If they insist on water...which of course doesn't allow for the ball to be run onto the green...then at least make it look natural and less American. On a modern USA style course it would look great but forced onto a Harry Colt design it is completely out of place.
I saw him hole the putt for eagle on 18, but they need to do something about viewing for most fans. Looking at the photo only those standing to the left of the tree have a decent view. There is a small free area of the stand, but the rest is ticketed. The other side is the BMW pavilion, ticketed, or you stand about 100 yds away and below the green.
Well I wish he had played like that at Augusta when I backed him!!!
@5There are several studies that confirm the bias of points allocation on Tours other than PGA.And on ET a golfer would play against lesser fields (most weeks), on slightly more benign courses etc - so immediately there is a higher chance of winning for a player coming over from US.By the way, I'm European (just putting that out there).
@5I was referring to Alex Noren directly - I am not sure he has the ability to win 4 tournaments in a season on PGA Tour, for example. I am quite confident that some of the top Americans could come over and win a lot more on European Tour and climb OWGR faster if they wished. So that is how I believe ET can be viewed as a viable alternative to PGA (as the article above alludes to).
If you are a top player and have aspirations of winning a major of which three are in the US you almost have to base yourself in the US. In saying that there are many who don't like the US lifestyle. Seve admitted he was not comfortable in the US but just think how many more majors he would have won if he had been happy to base himself there like Donald, Mcilroy, McDowell etc
Great win & excellent week for Wentworth. Alex plays predominantly on European Tour & winning against a good field must be a positive. The PGA tour is & always will be stronger. Players go there for the money as you would expect of any professional. We should perhaps distinguish between the PGA tour and US players. The average US player is not better than the average European in my view.
Me and friends attend wentworth every year, this year by far the best. The crowds were huge,the course amazing and the line up very good. There are so many good young European players coming through and yes the USPGA tour pays more in a weekly basis, but here's hoping we can keep them playing on the European tour.
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