Brown Deer a Thinking Mans Course

By Associated PressJuly 21, 2005, 4:00 pm
US Bank Championship in MilwaukeeMILWAUKEE -- As usual, the US Bank Championship didnt attract the worlds greatest golfers.
 
History has shown, however, that some of the best golf in the world might be seen this week at Brown Deer Park even without Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els.
 
The par-70 course with notoriously thick rough measures 6,759 yards, one of the shortest on the PGA Tour, so it puts a premium on iron play and putting. Brown Deer includes doglegs, thick rough and a creek that dissects four of the par-4s, all of which serve to neutralize long hitters'Woods finished 60th here in his pro debut in 1996.
 
Yet, golfers have to attack the fairways because there are so many birdies to be had, especially with the rainstorms that drenched the course Wednesday.
 
The public course attracts old-school golfers who prefer the thinking mans game of golf, as well as those who consider Milwaukee an even-playing field with some of the Tours top money winners staying home.
 
Its an old-style golf course that has a lot of Northeastern feel to it, Brad Faxon said. I dont think its a bombers paradise that you see so often on Tour now. Tough rough around the greens. I just kind of like it. A lot of these tournaments that have a homespun, I hate to say small town because Milwaukees not a small town, but theres a lot of personality to it, the fans really get behind it.
 
Faxon even spoke up for the rough, which he said was the thickest on tour last summer.
 
It was off the fairways, too. You just kind of hacked it out with a wedge, he said. Typically, Im not a big fan of that on the big courses we play on. But when you have courses like this, lets make it important to hit them down the fairway or decide. Decisions are gone in the modern game now.
 
Thats the other thing Milwaukee offers: rewards for strategy and skill, not just strength and length.
 
Faxon said too often on the Tour today, its pull a driver out of the bag and swing as hard as you can. Rather than, Boy, do I want to chance hitting the driver here because if I miss this fairway, its going to cost me. I would love to see strategy become a part of the game again.
 
Scott Verplank couldnt agree more. He loves the thick rough that keeps things interesting at Brown Deer Park.
 
It puts an absolute premium on hitting the ball in the fairway, he said. I enjoy that a lot more than standing up and having all these young guys hit it 340 yards in the air, bomb and driver every hole and being OK. Id rather play a course where you still have to have control of your golf ball.
 
Equipment and course conditions have conspired to drive out the strategist nowadays, not entirely but enough to bother players who honed their craft at places like Brown Deer Park, Verplank suggested.
 
Its taking a lot of the skill of shot-making out of it, not all of it, but its definitely changed a lot from when I started playing 20 years ago, Verplank said. So, yeah, its kind of nice to come to a place where theres a lot more yardage variance. A couple holes you hit driver and try to hit it as hard as you can; other holes you play to a position and try to get the best angle or the best yardage you can to the pin.
 
Verplank played Brown Deer last year to get Ryder Cup points. This time, hes here to earn Presidents Cup points. And he said hes just like the rest of the field: confident hell do well this week.
 
Ive got to be honest, almost every tournament Ive played in this year has got Tiger Woods and Vijay and Ernie and Retief Goosen, Verplank said. Not that this is not a competitive field ... but I thought if there was a place to add points for the Presidents Cup team, this place fits me.
 
Like I said, if I play well, I would expect that I would have some sort of chance at a high finish.
 
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  • Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

    By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

    Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

    Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

    Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

    It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

    The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

    Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.