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I hope you had the chance to watch an exciting last day at The Open Championship. There were some complaints prior to the event about the rough and bunkers. I’m not sure why the players complain. Surely the purpose of the rough or a fairway bunker is to affect some sort of penalty.
It seems to me that making the rough and fairway bunkers penalizing forces the players into a much more interesting game. It also increases the risk / reward decisions they are taking and places much more emphasis on course management.
| || |The same goes with greenside bunkers. If the modern Tour Professional says, "If I'm going to miss the green, I’d prefer to miss the green in a bunker," then what is the point of the bunker? Regards,
There was also game management required in some of those greenside bunkers. If you didn’t see it then you will have missed Tiger, who was playing conservative golf, take a big risk when up against the lip of one bunker. He triple bogeyed the hole. Conversely, Graeme McDowell found himself in a similar situation, played backwards, away from the flag, to a more favorable place in the bunker. Then he got up and down in two for a bogey, not a triple.
As well as the game management challenges, Tiger struggled all week with distance control on his Wedges. Distance control with your scoring clubs is critical. For the next few weeks, try and find 15 minutes to practice and build a good understanding of what distance each swing length will produce with your scoring clubs. Contact me if I can help.
To close, I thought the manner in which Ernie Els handled his victory over Adam Scott, and the way that Adam Scott seemed to handle his loss, was all about the ‘class’ that sets our game apart. They were an example, in victory and loss, to us all.
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