Soooooo close to getting into contention today, but TPC Sawgrass’ silent killer shredded Tiger’s scorecard (and most likely his tournament) in two bad golf swings. Yesterday’s two under 70 was ideal. And today’s round is almost perfect: five birdies, 12 pars and a killer quad on #17’s island green. Woods is currently seven shots behind the leader.
Sir Nick Faldo
Early on, I wasn’t a Nick Faldo fan, but have become a supporter. He’s smart and offers insight that can only come from a seasoned globetrotting golfer. Pete Dye’s Sawgrass stadium-design is often discussed during the tournament and it’s known as the first “stadium golf course”.
Faldo was quick to correct, “It’s the first man-made stadium golf course.”
“Sir Nick’s” spot-on edit refers to the natural stadium golf courses with 80-foot dunes in Scotland and Ireland. Stadium golf courses were the first golf courses. Fairways wandered through high banking dunes — tees and greens were added and holes were punched. Golf was born. Good on ya, Faldo.
Sawgrass is a Must
My dad took me out of high school for Friday tournament play at TPC Sawgrass in 1998 — without a doubt this is one of the great memories of my life. We happened to be at #17 when a seagull hilariously stole Brad Fabel’s golf ball and dropped it in the drink. Later that day we walked up the eighteenth fairway with Tiger Woods, but there’s so much to love about Sawgrass. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, concessions are easily accessible and it’s an easy golf course to navigate.
There are several PGA Tour stop vacation ideas:
- Drinks on Bourbon St. and golf at TPC Louisiana for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
- The biggest party in golf at the Waste Management Phoenix Open
- The Masters, but it costs $800 to $1,200 a day — worth every penny
- And definitely TPC Sawgrass