Wednesday April 4, 2012
Augusta, Ga--Mother nature's making sure the workers at Augusta National don't have the only say in how the course plays this week. The rain we've seen the last two days have put over two inches of water on the course, and no matter how you slice it, that makes a difference.
Players already commented yesterday that balls weren't getting much roll on the soggy fairways, so imagine their thoughts now. For guys who bomb it out there, might not be as big of a deal, but for the ones who aren't quite as long off the tee, the results could be crippling.
"The golf course plays a little longer, but that plays right into my hand. The greens are probably going to be a little more receptive, which guys can maybe tackle a few more pins, but they're still quick so you have to be careful where you hit it, but definitely the golf course is playing a little longer."
"The average length players want to see this golf course very firm and very fast. It helps us kind of neutralize the length of the golf course, but considering how good the weather's been, it was already pretty soft to start with."
In most places, that kind of rain would make the greens a lot easier, but not at the masters. Why? Because of their SubAir System. You see it working there. It's almost like a huge vaccuum under the greens that sucks out all the extra moisture, and it's incredibly effective. From one day to the next, the putting surfaces can have a totally different feel, so the golfers aren't even entertaining the idea of favorable greens in Augusta
"They can get them any which way they want them, and it's up to them whether they want it extremely tough or playable, and that's just what they decide. They can dry these greens out in no time."
If you're cheering for one of the shorter hitters like Jim Furyk, or past champs like Fred Couples or Mike Weir, you better hope for some warm air because it won't be easy.