Former Masters winner Charl Schwartzel, who made headlines the on Thursday (and not the good kind, like you want) when he broke one of his clubs in frustration, became the latest golfer to criticize the conditions at Muirfield.
Schwartzel, who shot a three-under 68 on Friday to put him at one-over for the tournament, called the British Open course a “lottery” and said luck was becoming too much of a factor (via Reuters):
I don’t like it when it starts becoming that much luck, because that’s what it is.
When it gets this crusty and you’re working on balls bouncing, six-irons going 280 after bouncing at 210, how do you judge that?
It becomes a bit of a lottery. You don’t know what’s going to happen and you need to be able to play in conditions like we played in this morning.
That way you can still control your golf ball and quality shots get rewarded. But when it gets like this afternoon, you can hit good shots and are going to get all sorts of results – it’s not that fair in my eyes.
Schwartzel almost reached the 448-yard 15th hole in one, blasting his tee shot into one of the bunkers guarding the green: “At 15 I went into a bunker 380 yards away at speed. It’s like hitting down a runway. At 15 they are rolling into the bunkers and 16 they’re rolling off the greens. I’ll be kissing the golf course if I win though.”