Nah.....I don't believe Butch is trying to "psyche" Tiger out...... Tiger has been hitting the ball very well. His driving accuracy at Memorial was 80% and greens in regulation 67%. That's quite a change from what he has been doing of late. Tiger will choose his driver seldom during the 4 rounds. He knows he must stay in the fairways to make a score to win......
PS..... Gary Woodland needed three strokes on 16 to reach green.....definitely not gonna be an eagle hole :-)))
It is weird how there are only two par 5's on this course and unless I am reading it wrong, they are back to back. is this correct?
That is unusual to find par 5's back to back......but I've played courses where you end the front 9 with a par 5 and start the back nine with a par 5....... I believe Olympic, set at a par 70 for the US Open, has adjusted a par 5 to a par 4...... Don't recall which one but it must be on the front 9....... (It may be noted in the article on Tiger's home page)
no typo......that's the way the course is designed......unusual, yes...... but never unheard of before......
Victoria Golf Club is, in many ways, similar to its neighbour Royal Melbourne. Thick tea tree lines most fairways, deep bunkers catch errant shots both at the greenside and off the tee and the greens can be lightning fast.
Victoria has hosted a number of major tournaments including the 2010-2011 Masters, 2002 Australian Open, multiple Victorian Opens and other National tournaments.
The course has a number of interesting features, namely two driveable par 4s (1st and 15th), back to back par 5s (8th and 9th and 17th and 18th) and in the middle some strong par 4 holes.
The short first hole, creates a birdie expectation from your first tee shot and this can often put more pressure on the golfer than if this hole came midway through the round. A short hole does not automatically guarantee a good score and whilst there are plenty of birdies on this hole there are also a fair share of bogies.
The 17th and 18th holes provide a chance to claw back lost shots during the round but only if the wind is blowing in a favourable direction. The 18th, in particular, is reachable in two and the large, flat putting surfaces gives up a large number of birdies and even eagles.