It’s only Monday, and we’re just getting our first taste of Mike Davis’s setup at Olympic, but it’s already fair to say it's a little spicy. A video of the 17th hole posted on Twitter by caddie Todd Montoya shows what a foot either way could mean in this championship. Apparently, it could be the difference between an easy up-and-down and pitching back from the 18th tee.
Wowzers, indeed, Todd. Looks like we may be seeing shades of Shinnecock if the track continues to dry out as the week wears on. But after the way Rory torched Congressional last year, did anyone think this thing would play easy? Keeping PaceSo Olympic appears to be a fickle beast. That, combined with the recent rash of high-profile incidents of slow play, has Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal Constitution concerned that we’ll be in for a glacial grind this week.
“The more money they are playing for, the slower some players are going to be,” Golf Channel on-course reporter Billy Andrade said.
“There’s so much more on the line right now, it just brings on a more deliberate way of playing.”[Casey] Wittenberg, currently playing on the Nationwide Tour but who has also played on the PGA Tour, said that as long as the PGA Tour continues to make courses hard, fast and firm – like The Olympic Club will be this week – there will be more shots out of the rough so slow play will remain an issue.
“It’s just kind of part of the game,” Wittenberg said. “If people are maxing out their time but not going over, I really don’t know what the tour can do to change that."
Golf greats Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo (Nantz's CBS golf partner) have been spotted at the hotel (according to Twitter accounts) and are expected to be at the wedding. Paul Marchand, head pro at Shadow Hawk Golf Club and Nantz's former college roommate, is also a guest.Tweet of the Day:
Much of the golf world is already in California with the U.S. Open set to be played at San Francisco's Olympic Club next week.
Nantz, 53, proposed to Richards, 33, in 2010 while on vacation with his close friend, former President George H.W. Bush at the Bush family compound in Walker's Point, Maine. Nantz and Richards met while she worked in sports marketing for IMG, which also represents Nantz.
About to go see Alcatraz for the first time! #awesome — Hunter Mahan (@HunterMahan) June 11, 2012