It is only two days until the PGA Tour’s flagship event, The Players Championship, commences, but there are already serious concerns about the state of the Sawgrass course that will be presented to the players on Thursday.
As a number of golfers turned up to start their practice ahead of the prestigious tournament they found it impeded by the fact that some of the greens were in no condition to putt on.
The putting surfaces at the fourth, seventh and 11th were all sectioned off by course officials meaning that no last-minute practice could be got in before the event’s start date.
The reason for the poor condition of the greens is because of a chemical treatment programme on them that went disastrously wrong and an unexpected cold winter.
And, although no player has actively complained about what the course they have turned up to in the morning, there is no doubt that it is embarrassing for a competition that is considered as the most prestigious below the major championships.
Luke Donald was one of the most notable names to turn up to practice today only to be hampered by the poor state of the greens, but he took it all in his stride.
He said to the Daily Mail: “We’d heard the horror stories and so were well prepared.
“The greens are slow and soft at the moment and obviously you always want them firm and fast when you’re a good putter.”
If there is one player whose game is suited to cope with the poor condition of the greens then it is Donald’s.
The Englishman’s short game is amongst the best on the tour and he will be looking to use that to his advantage when the tournament commences.
However, Donald’s task will not be an easy one if he is to claim the title.
A strong filled, littered with talent, has gathered at Sawgrass as they look to seize upon their chance to win the title and the £1.12 million prize that goes along with it.
Amongst the high-profile names to be lining-up on Thursday are: Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar and Adam Scott – who can all take over Tiger Woods at the top of the rankings in his absence.
Rory McIlroy will also be one of the favourites to be in contention on Sunday. The Irishman has been in fine form this season, but is still looking for his maiden win in 2014, despite five top ten finishes.
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