On the benefits of shorter, tighter PGA Tour layouts …
Although some of the uproar has settled, the year’s most heated topic remains relevant. If distance gains are still a concern, this week’s PGA Tour stop at Harbour Town Golf Links is a timely example that dialing back the golf ball may not be the answer.
The scoring average at the RBC Heritage was 70.84, which ranks as the 11th- toughest on Tour out of 29 events this season, and yet Harbour Town stretches just 7,099 yards, the 10th-shortest layout.
“I think the architects in today’s game should come here and understand what this course is and why it’s still challenging,” Billy Horschel said. “ Too much nowadays we’re playing big, wide-open courses that really aren’t great designed golf courses.”
Perhaps it’s not slower golf balls or smaller club heads that the game needs – maybe it’s better-designed courses. – Rex Hoggard
On Brooke Henderson’s star power …
There’s something so endearing about the way Brooke Henderson plays golf.
Maybe it’s because she has her older sister, Brittany, on the bag. Or perhaps it’s because she uses a 48-inch driver, drawing every little bit of distance out of her 5-foot-4 frame. She swings freely and aggressively, aims at flags even when she’s nursing a narrow lead and rolls in enough putts to contend in all of the big events.
The 20-year-old Canadian smashes every conceivable stereotype about the LPGA – in no ways a dink-and-dunker who relies on a hot putter. There’s no one in the women’s game I’d rather watch play. – Ryan Lavner