In 2001, after Tiger Woods had gained the second of his 4 Green Jackets on the Masters, Augusta National’s mind belief determined that the course had grow to be too simple for the younger celebrity and the PGA Tour’s different large hitters. It was simple to see why: Woods gained his first Masters in 1997 by ending 18 below par, a 72-hole match file that also stands, and he shot 16 below in successful his second.
So the membership added yardage to half the holes forward of the 2002 match, which Woods once more gained, this time taking pictures 12 below par. In later years, bushes have been added, tees have been moved again, the tough was grown larger and the fairways have been narrowed, and in 2006 the course was lengthened but once more. Today it measures 7,435 yards, which is round 500 yards longer that it was when Woods first gained the Masters.
Augusta wasn’t alone in “Tiger-proofing” its course, and the apply continued at the same time as Woods’s profession started to say no due to accidents. In 2009, as an illustration, the long-lasting “Road Hole” 17th at St. Andrews was lengthened from 465 yards — its distance for greater than a century — to 490 yards “to restore the original challenge of the hole,” the Royal and Ancient Club stated in an announcement.
But now Woods is saying it isn’t the mbadive hitters who’re the issue. It’s the ball.
“We need to do something about the golf ball,” Woods stated lately on U-Conn. ladies’s basketball Coach Geno Auriemma’s podcast. “I simply badume it’s going too far, as a result of we’re having to construct golf programs, in the event that they need to have a championship venue, they’ve received to be 7,400 to 7,800 yards lengthy.
“And if the sport retains progressing the way in which it’s with know-how, I believe the eight,000-yard golf course isn’t too distant. And that’s fairly scary as a result of we don’t have sufficient property to start out designing these sort of golf programs, and it simply makes it a lot extra difficult.”
Woods joins Jack Nicklaus and others in questioning the flight distance of in the present day’s golf balls, however his self-interest within the matter in all probability needs to be famous. Woods has his personal course-design agency, so after all he’d moderately not need to buy plots of land that may maintain eight,000-yard programs.
As for his personal distance off the tee, Woods says his restoration from again surgical procedure goes nice forward of the upcoming Hero World Challenge, his first match since February.
“I can’t believe how far I’m hitting the golf ball,” Woods stated. “I’m back to hitting it my full numbers [yardages] and not really trying to do that. I didn’t realize how much I had dropped off because of the pain in my back and from me going at it and hitting it normal just because I just lived it from day to day and I really couldn’t tell the difference. But now I can tell the difference.”
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