Diamond Dog wrote:How about Dustin Johnson (22/1)
He's done it to me before, so it wasn't a huge surprise.....but the manner has to be a major concern. To have a putt on the 18th from, what, 10 ft to win it and miss it. And then miss a three footer back to take it to a tie..... sorry, that's about character and, maybe, I shall just have to accept he really doesn't have it, when the chips are truly down (unlike the winner, who has it in spades). Sad, because he is a majestic sight on a gold course, but I fear he may be the next Monty/Garcia/Westwood/Donald etc........
Diamond Dog wrote:A bizarre course...... part of it I love (the way holes completely change from day to day, and constantly ask the risk/reward question) yet I can't help thinking the extreme slopes and gradients are a bit 'Mickey Mouse'..... one thing is certain, it's taken all of them out of their comfort zone, so that's always a good thing, I would think.
As I don't have Sky in the house, I hadn't really seen much of the course close-up, but really liked the dramatic nature of how the holes looked (very reminscent of The Castle course at St Andrews, with dunes created rather than natural, and lots of kicks and slopes).
And then I saw Ian Poulter's pic of one of the greens:
Christ, if my home course had greens and fringes like that, I'd expect to be playing off mats...
Some of the greens were inexcusable - you didn't need to be Percy Thrower to realise that those kinds of grasses aren't going to create a smooth surface.
As for the course - it was dramatic. And I really did enjoy the way that there were genuine risk/reward questions asked throughout. There is absolutely no doubt that it took them all out of their comfort zones and i really think that's a good thing. The way so much of the PGA tour is generic target golf, week after week, is tiresome. I do worry a little about some of the gradients and slopes (and the bizarre shots people were playing) but that made for a tremendously exciting tournament, where it really wasn't over until the last putt on Sunday. Just a few changes - and a major upgrade of the greens- and Chambers Bay should become a highly anticipated part of the Tour.