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‘I don’t think that makes any sense’ – Patrick Cantlay calls out golf course architects

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In the past seven years, the BMW Championship has been played at seven different golf courses.

This year’s BMW Championship will be hosted by Wilmington Country Club in Delaware, which is a course that’s never been utilized in a professional event prior to this week.

Despite the novelty of the course, defending champion Patrick Cantlay sees plenty of similarities between Wilmington Country and the host of last year’s event, Caves Valley.

“I don’t think there’s too much strategy to this golf course. I think it’s pretty right in front of you and similar to last year,” Cantlay said ahead of his title defense. “The venues between last year and this year are actually really similar, I think, in style of golf.”

The course is relatively long, measuring in at 7,534 yards as a Par 71. Cantlay was critical of the way golf architects have used adding length as the way to attempt to make courses more difficult.

“I think it’s really long. I think it’s also strange to me that we play so many golf courses that all they do is add length to the golf courses. It’s so surprising to me that the golf courses that none of the guys who hit it far, they don’t go to Hilton Head, they don’t go to Colonial, they don’t go to the short, small, dogleggy tree-lined golf courses,” Cantlay explained.

“The way we combat the distance, the way these architects seem to think they want to combat distance is by taking all the trees out and playing it 7,600 yards and put the tees way back and all the par-5s are at 600 yards. I don’t think that makes any sense.

“I’m surprised every time I come to a golf course where they say it’s recently been redone and then there’s no real shaping of golf shots. It’s just how far can you hit it and grab your driver on every hole and hit it as high and hit it as far as you possibly can. If you can hit it 315 yards, you’ve taken out all the bunkers, and you’re maybe in the rough, but it’s way better in the rough with a 9- or 8-iron than it is maybe in the fairway with a 5-iron if you were to lay up to the fat part of the fairway before the bunkers.”

“I’m so surprised that they haven’t figured it out, and it just seems like we’re getting more and more of the same bomb-it-as-far-as-you-can golf courses week after week.”

Last year’s BMW Championship played extremely easy, with Cantlay winning at -27 in a playoff with Bryson DeChambeau. Considering his opinion that Wilmington will play similarly to Caves Valley, we are likely in store for another shootout this week.

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  1. Chuck

    Sep 5, 2022 at 11:53 am

    The problem that Cantlay is so terribly mischaracterizing is the problem of trying to restore courses to historical architectural values in an era of absurdity in terms of elite players using new technology.

    The changes to courses (taking out trees, restoring green sizes and runoff areas, emphasizing the ground game) that restoration architects are engaged in aren’t the problem and actually Cantlay knows it. Cantlay knows that there’s a critical, urgent technology-regulation problem and he said so not so long ago:

    https://www.golfmonthly.com/news/something-has-to-give-cantlay-on-distance-debate

  2. Livininparadise

    Aug 19, 2022 at 9:38 am

    I have never played the courses that cantlay is referring to, but i would tend to agree. The most fun courses that I have played always have angles and risk reward shots (bends or doglegs over heather, rough, sand, or water). Trees are not a necessity, I believe that they are best when used to define a hole, not just being a punishment for errant shots. One problem with a lot of trees is that they slow pace of play. If underneath the trees it is not maintained, people spend forever looking for balls.

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‘What the f**k, guys!?’ – Fan video shows Bryson fuming after walking face first into gallery rope

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If there is one thing you can depend on when watching Bryson DeChambeau play golf, it’s drama.

During the final round of LIV Chicago, DeChambeau walked into the rope that separates the gallery from the course, and his reaction was over the top.

In the video, it’s unclear what makes Bryson walk into the rope, but he evidently believed it was someone’s fault as he proclaimed, “What the f**k guys?” when it hit him.

When a fan asked if DeChambeau was OK, he replied, “No! I can’t see out of my right eye right now.”

When he was offered a towel, he angrily snatched it from the employee’s hand and yelled, “sh**!”

Thankfully, the former U.S. Open champion was able to shake it off and finish his round.

DeChambeau finished at 6 under, which was good for a top-10 finish in the event.

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‘They’re treated like human beings’ – Brooks Koepka takes wild swipe at PGA Tour while talking up LIV

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One of the main positives to come from the LIV Golf series is the treatment of the player’s most important club, the bagman.

According to an interview in July, with an anonymous DP World Tour caddie, Golf Monthly reported, “There is something wrong with you if you don’t want to work for LIV,” whilst a couple of weeks ago we detailed the expected earnings of the caddies at any LIV event.

After Louis Oosthuizen finished 10th at the inaugural tournament, at Centurion Club, his caddie Colin Byrne commented, it “has been ‘what can we do for you’ all week. They want to help us and make us happy. It’s been great to be included like this. We’ve been pampered and had nothing but a red-carpet treatment.”

Now, talking to the media after his second round in Chicago, Brooks Koepka continued to eulogize about the Greg Norman-led series, referencing one of its main taglines, “It’s energized. I mean, it’s golf, but louder, right?” before continuing the looper theme.

Asked how the LIV series compares to the PGA Tour, the four-time major champion was at pains to be yet another to support the way the new tour treats their bagmen.

“I think the players, the caddies, just how well the caddies are treated, as well. I think that’s a big difference. They’re treated like human beings. I think everybody, through coaches, staff, everybody, it’s a big difference.”

It’s been just eight months since Joel Dahmen’s caddie, Geno Bonnalie, revealed the less glamorous side of the game, with four caddies sharing an over-expensive room at Pebble Beach.

Times, they might be a’changing.

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Cam Smith awkwardly bats off question taunting Rory McIlroy at LIV presser

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When Cam Smith won the 150th Open Championship, he had the gallery chuckle during his winner’s press conference when wondering how many beers would fit inside the Claret Jug.

Not long after, he revealed all!

 

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Not all pressers are the same, though, and with LIV Golf, we should always expect the unexpected.

Tensions between the Greg Norman-led tour and the traditional PGA and DP World Tours are at a height, with the PGA issuing an enhanced set of tournaments, more guaranteed pay and rewards for loyalty.

LIV doesn’t seem fussed, doing its own thing, and continuing to broadcast social media images of boat parties, raucous crowds, and strange press conferences.

Players from both sides are not afraid to have their say, with FedEx Cup champion and current world number two Rory McIlroy, being one of the most vociferous at every opportunity, defending the PGA and DP tours to the hilt.

Many pages have been written on the views from Billy Horschel, Jon Rahm and McIlroy amongst others, whilst LIV competitors are also well represented, with Pat Perez and Patrick Reed amongst those continuing to rally the LIV cause.

On Saturday, LIV again showed its intention to be far more relaxed than we might usually expect, with a press conference comprising Matthew Wolff, Phil Mickelson, and the Open champion.

Golf content provider @DrunkByTheTurn_ had the gallery in stitches and the players slightly dumbfounded when referencing Smith’s post-Open victory comment, “I’m definitely going to find out how many beers fit in this thing (the Claret Jug).”

Akili Johnson, who runs the social media account, started by mentioning the answer to the above question, something the Australian revealed on his Instagram account, before asking:

“..um…I just wanna know how many of Rory McIlroy’s tears were you able to fit in it after you won?”

Whether referring to the current golf spat, or that Smith had come from four behind McIlroy on the final day to nab the richly desired trophy, the Aussie was not biting.

He closed with,

“I’m not answering.”

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