Point/Counterpoint: Is Straits set up too easy?


No doubt, it could have been harder. But did the PGA of America make Whistling Straits too easy during Thursday's opening round of the PGA Championship? Let's give it 72 holes and then see. Figuring the wind to be stronger, the organization that runs the tournament erred on the side of caution, moving up tees on three holes, giving the players a break. But that's not the reason a whopping 39 players broke par. The course was simply there for the taking. Unlike the practice rounds, the wind didn't howl. There was no rain. It was a pleasant, calm day. And when that is the case, the best players in the world -- many of them at least -- take advantage. The alternative? The final-round of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. There, organizers didn't react to changing conditions and got burned. Had the wind been as strong as earlier in the week, things could have gotten out of control, especially at the par-4 eighth, which despite being shortened by 39 yards, was still the hardest hole of the day. Ask Tiger Woods, John Daly, Davis Love III and Jerry Kelly if the course was too easy. There's plenty of time for it to get tougher.
-- Bob Harig

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