Graeme McDowell shot his best round of the tournament on Sunday, but he had a few words about the course conditions after his two-under 69.
McDowell said, “The ball should have been played up, simple…To me, it’s fair out there if you can play the ball up. It’s not fair if you can’t play the ball up. There’s casual water everywhere. The ball is picking up mud.”
“Common sense has to prevail at some point.”
The players who teed off early on Sunday dealt with wet and muddy conditions that worsened after a two-hour rain delay.
McDowell included a comparison to the PGA Tour. “If that was a PGA Tour event out there, we wouldn’t have been playing because lift, clean, and place hadn’t been implemented. I don’t think we would have been playing.”
GMac is not a long hitter, and the lack of roll affects his game more than most. “Of course it’s tenfold for me because a golf course this long, this wet, if I had to play in these type of conditions week in, week out, I literally would be on the job queue. I can’t compete, I can’t compete out there, simple. That’s fine, there are 52 weeks a year, there’s lots of other events where I can compete, and the elements kind of got against me this week and shit happens”
“It’s impossible for me to compete unless I’m hitting 3-hybird to 10 feet all day long.”
“I was watching the coverage yesterday afternoon…I see Rory hit 9-iron to 16, I’m just like…you know, I hit 3-iron in the morning you know. It’s alright, it’s good.”
It’s a bomber’s paradise at Valhalla, and McDowell will be looking forward to a firm and fast course at the next PGA Championship.
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