Sawgrass green speeds still in players' heads


IRVING, Texas – Even as the PGA Tour shifts to the next tournament, players were still talking about what happened last Saturday at TPC Sawgrass.

Green speeds for Round 3 jumped to 15 and beyond on the Stimpmeter at The Players, fueling a dramatic increase in scoring average from 71.11 on Friday to 75.59 for the third round.

“I played Colonial yesterday and I think the closest I got [a putt] was 2 feet short of the hole,” Ryan Palmer joked. “It was unfortunate the way it happened for the Tour and for Sawgrass. They were going to let the greens get a little tougher. Got away from them, unfortunately. They came back nicely on Sunday.”

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Officials seemed to regain control of the greens for Sunday’s final round, but that won’t make the transition back to what promises to be more traditional green speeds this week at the AT&T Byron Nelson any easier.

“They were way different from Saturday to Sunday last week. Sunday they were great. It's how the golf course should be played,” said Colt Knost, who tied for third last week at The Players. “I think we adjust pretty quickly. It's just last week was such a shock, we've played fast greens, but never seen anything like that.”