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Comment from: Shanks [Visitor] Email
Faldo gave a clue to this mystery when he said of one par four that they used to hit 3 or 4 iron into the green and now they're hitting 8 or 9 iron. On top of that, Harbour Town has become such a precision course from the overgrown trees that hardly any of the big-hitting "names" are playing in it any more. When the announcers tell you that the course is perfectly suited for Brian freakin' Gay, you know something is askew.
04/21/09 @ 12:37
Comment from: David Doubilet [Visitor]
I have attended the last two Heritage opens. While certain of the big names have not participated, the players who did are all highly skilled and displayed it. Brian Gay is a highly talented player and recognized as such by his peers. Jim Furyk did not make the cut. Olazabel has won 2 Masters. Todd Hamilton won the British Open. Shan Micheel won a major. Rory McIlroy, whom I followed for 54 holes,at 19 is ranked 17th and well on his way to at least top 10. Boo Weekly was on the Ryder Cup team. Ernie Els played. There were little known players like Jason Dufner who played extremely well.There is not a lot wrong with the course. Ifollowed the plat closely and saw interesting and different club selections for the same hole. The course lends itself to working the ball a lot. There was also a great deal of skill in chipping on display. The bottom line is that the players were highly talented even if they lacked a few "big names". It is not necessary to belittle a tournament because a few big names did not play.
04/22/09 @ 22:29
Comment from: John Binner [Visitor] Email
Maybe we should be examining WHY the "big name" golfers are scared if the course is "so easy." The problem is, the gigantic swings of the "major" golfers cannot compete in a more skillful, precise course. Maybe we should be asking WHY they are so scared to come here and lose?

Truth is, we saw some VERY GOOD golf, by very skilled players. Anyone can kill a ball and hit it long. It takes skill to play the short game.
04/23/09 @ 08:26
Comment from: Wendy (UK) [Visitor] Email
If you are using the term "journeyman" to denote not yet a "Master" then I must agree with you regarding recent winners. However, I was surprised at the derogatory tone of your article. Sounded as though it was written by a celebrity groupie rather than a "respected" golf writer.

I agree with David that it is not necessary to belittle a tournament because a few big names did not play.
04/23/09 @ 10:07
Comment from: Joel Zuckerman [Visitor] Email
Thank you for all your comments. I stand by my orignal remarks--for whatever reason, the majority of marquee golfers have taken The Heritage off of their "to-do" list. With a smaller pool of Big Name players, of course the odds of a Big Name player emerging as the winner are reduced. This isn't belittling the tournament or its participants---it remains a prestige event, and anyone who tees it up on tournament week can really golf their ball.

That said, the roster of champions in recent years is barely a shadow of what it once was---an immutable fact.
04/23/09 @ 11:38
Comment from: Adam [Visitor] Email
It's been played at a bad time.
04/24/09 @ 10:46
Comment from: Critical Thinker [Visitor] Email
Joel who?
04/29/09 @ 12:39
Comment from: jaypee [Visitor] Email
The same can be said about all tournaments on tour which are not majors (4), Bay Hill, Memorial, TPC, WGC, and a few others which amounts to about 15 events. The top 25 do not play in other events. The Tour is facing the same problem as tennis a few years ago, when they had to force players to participate in a number of 'top' events. Tune in on any sunday afternoon and call me if you stay awake for more than 20 minutes.
04/29/09 @ 15:36

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