US cour­ses too easy – Tiger

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M0ELBOURNE: Amer­i­can golf tended to make its greens too soft and it was “in­fat­u­ated” with long cour­ses, Tiger Woods said here yes­ter­day.

The 14-time ma­jor win­ner praised the Kingston Heath links course be­ing used for this week’s Aus­tralian Mas­ters as forc­ing him to think about his game rather than the man­i­cured lay­outs he plays on the US PGA Tour.

Woods gave an­other mas­ter­class for his ri­vals as he cruised to a three-stroke lead at the half­way stage of the Aus­tralian Mas­ters on Fri­day with an un­blem­ished round of 68, fea­tur­ing four birdies.

The world num­ber one is a great fan of the Mel­bourne course and had a few dis­parag­ing words about how cour­ses are set up for his fel­low pro­fes­sion­als in the United States.

Asked where he rated Kingston Heath in terms of world golf, Woods let rip.

“I think it would be hard to get it to stay this dry in Amer­ica be­cause in Amer­ica they al­ways need green, per­fect con­di­tioned golf cour­ses,” he told a press con­fer­ence.

“Every­one tries to make the golf cour­ses look like Au­gusta (the US Mas­ters course), soak­ing it and then when you do that you make it softer and eas- ier for us (to play).

“So when you do that you have to make the golf course longer, but if you just kept the golf cour­ses faster then all of a sud­den th­ese golf cour­ses would be­come re­ally dif­fi­cult.”

Woods said that “every­one in the States is in­fat­u­ated with (course) length.”

“You know, adding length and mak­ing it longer that way, try­ing to make it more dif­fi­cult,” he said.

He said play­ing Kingston Heath was a great test of his skills.

“It’s pretty cool to play a golf course and when you head out to play you have to think.

“I cer­tainly have al­ways en­joyed play­ing golf cour­ses where you have to think and plot your way around the course.

“You don’t need a golf course of 7,500 yards for it to be dif­fi­cult, just get the golf cour­ses a lit­tle drier.” – Sa­paAFP

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TIGER IN THE OUT­BACK: Tiger Woods plays his shot on the edge of the sixth fair­way in Mel­bourne yes­ter­day.

BREN­TON GEACH

LONG­BOARD TO THE BEACH: West­ern Prov­ince surfer Justin Bing, who is the cur­rent SA long­board cham­pion, will be com­pet­ing in this week­end’s New Bal­ance WP long­board cham­pi­onships. For venue, call 021-715 2076 or 082 781 4683.

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