The PGA Championship is well underway and The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina, is living up to its hype of being a tough course to navigate. With the cut at +5, the course played more difficult than I expected. Even though this is a Major and the course set up is supposed to be challenging, I was surprised to watch the best players in have difficulty navigate the most consist and difficult hazard. If you are wondering what I am talking about you might want to watch a few videos and watch the players clothes flap like crazy.
The wind was the biggest hazard at the PGA Championship on the second day. I watched many players adjust their shots for the 25 mph winds that affect every shot. When the announcers were suggesting that the putts needed to be played 3 and 4 inches more to the break because of the wind I was a bit flabbergasted. I have never played on a course where the wind affected my putts that much. I have played fast greens, but not where wind-swept flat surfaces posed such a challenge. Until I found this:
I watched players hit short, long, left and right all because of the wind. I have played in the wind before, but never on a course measuring 7,876 yards. For my game, this would be a par 80. 🙂 And even then I an not sure I would be under bogey golf. The wind is definitely the biggest hazard at The Ocean Course and I expect this will continue today through the final holes on Sunday.
On a side note:
I have to jump on the band wagon and cheer for Phil Mickelson to win his 6th Major. There is still plenty of golf to play and I hope that Phil is able to navigate The Ocean Course and the wind.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!