Aug 6, 2013; Rochester, NY, USA; Tiger Woods talks during a press conference during the practice round of the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

PGA Championship: Players discuss difficulty of Oak Hill Country Club


As you may recall, the course conditions at Muirfield for the 2013 British Open received a lot of criticism from the golfers. Oak Hill Country Club, the site of the PGA Championship, is also a challenging course, but it is one that the players seem eager to try and tackle.

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner Tiger Woods shared his thoughts on the course with reporters:

It’s dry now, it’s got some speed to it, and the rough is certainly up. It’s clumpy. It’s imperative to hit the ball in the fairways and hit the ball on the greens, because it’s going to be tough to get up and down.

 

I think it’s a fantastic golf course. It’s tough. It’s right in front of you. There are really no surprises out there.

 

You just have to play well. This is one of those courses where you’ve just got to bring it ball-striking wise. You’ve got to hit the ball well. (Reuters)

British Open winner Phil Mickelson also weighed in:

Seventeen and 18 are two of the hardest par-fours that you can possibly have coming down the stretch, so we very likely could see a two or three-shot swing there. And so you’ve got 12 through 16 where you can make up ground by making birdies, and you have 17 and 18 where you’re trying to get home in pars. You can have a huge swing of strokes in that stretch.

 

I’ve always said that my favorite thing about great championship courses is having the easy holes be easy and be birdieable and having the hard holes being really hard pars. Oak Hill does that exceptionally well.

Coverage of the PGA Championship begins on Thursday. Stay tuned to FanSided for all the latest updates and information.

[Source: Reuters]

 

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