Tyrrell Hatton fears the tempo of play could possibly be “stupidly sluggish” because the 104th US PGA Championship will get underneath means at Southern Hills on Thursday.
It isn’t unusual for rounds to take greater than 5 hours on the opening two days of main championships, however this week’s course structure in Tulsa seems set to exacerbate the problem.
The second inexperienced, third tee, fifth inexperienced, sixth tee and seventh tee are all inside shut proximity of one another, whereas the primary and tenth holes head in several instructions from the identical small teeing floor.
“They will should be pretty cautious with how they set the golf course up due to the place a number of the tee containers are,” stated Hatton, who branded Augusta Nationwide “unfair at occasions” after closing rounds of 79 and 80 within the Masters final month.
“The rounds could possibly be simply stupidly sluggish, which on the finish of the day nobody needs. You need to get round in an affordable time. Hopefully, they’re pretty sensible with how they do this.”
Ryder Cup team-mate Ian Poulter feels Southern Hills is “pretty much as good a troublesome course as I’ve seen in a very long time”, however agreed with Hatton’s evaluation on the tempo of play.
“We’re teeing off over two greens so you could have a stop-start difficulty proper there,” Poulter stated. “We performed one gap on the again 9 the place you’re winging it straight over the inexperienced you’ve simply come off. It’s going to be lengthy.”
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Architect Gil Hanse has overseen a restoration of the course since Tiger Woods gained his thirteenth main title right here in 2007, with plenty of timber eliminated and run-off areas turning into a much bigger function across the greens. Woods undertook a scouting journey to the course final month and had the membership’s director of golf Cary Cozby as his caddie. “I believe he can contend,” Cozby stated. “Whoever wins right here goes to should be an awesome chipper and he’s nonetheless that.”
Key tee occasions (all BST)
1300 John Daly, Shaun Micheel, YE Yang1411 Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods1936 Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa, Scottie Scheffler
Early morning thunderstorms ought to transfer east permitting partly cloudy, windy and sizzling temperatures to return on Thursday earlier than a chilly entrance approaches the area on Friday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will seemingly develop late within the day and proceed into in a single day. Storms could possibly be extreme on Friday evening with giant hail, robust winds and heavy rainfall.