Lewis, Creamer disappointed with Kraft's rough


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – The rough’s down at Mission Hills Country Club’s Dinah Shore course.

That disappoints Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer with the year’s first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, set to begin Thursday.

The setup would seem to favor long hitters more than usual. Though Lewis hits it long, she wants a greater penalty for misses.

“That's what makes this golf course, is the rough,” Lewis said. “It makes those fairways seem a little bit tighter. You have to play a little bit smarter on the doglegs. But there's no rough. The greens are still firm. If you're in the rough, you're going to have trouble stopping the ball, but it's definitely not a penalty like it has been the last couple years.”

Creamer ranks in the middle of the pack in driving distance, but she’s one of the most accurate players on tour. Typically, she doesn’t spend a lot of time in the rough.

“It's a shame it's not 5 inches,” Creamer said. “Definitely, you can hit a 5‑iron out of the rough, if you do hit it in there. The greens, I'm sure, will get faster as the weekend comes around. They're so green. I've never seen this golf course so green and lush. I do wish the rough was up a little bit, but it is what it is. You're just going to have to play with what the golf course gives you now.”