You'll hear Old White described in similar terms. Ask Bubba Watson.
"I love old-school golf," he said. "I don't see any goofy holes or anything like that; it's just a straightforward golf course. You've got to play your strategies and you've got to hit fairways."
A dampened rough might negate the receptive greens, which are still rolling at 101/2-11 on the Stimpmeter. The longer par-4s, such as the second hole, might play even longer with a roll.
And then the rain just might slack off after today, making for firm greens all over again. That sort of happened last year, when the course dried out after the super-derecho and two thunderstorms during tournament week.
No matter the weather, Tom Watson seems to know the winning formula. Remember, he has played the course a few times.
"If [many] players are playing well, the guys who hit the ball high - I like that on this course," he said. "The greens still, even though they are soft, they're hard and there is a firmness to it, the ball will skid and bounce, maybe skid when it's damp.
"When the greens were changed three years ago, they really were hard, firm, and stopping the ball was a chore. And the guys that hit the ball high could stop it.
"Unfortunately, there are about 50 guys that hit the ball high, and I can't pick one. That's the element you need, height."
Somebody will reach new heights this week, and the 72-hole quest begins today.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5140, dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.
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