PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – “Black Saturday” at TPC Sawgrass was followed by “Brown Sunday,” with greens that were on the darker side of emerald green but were much more playable than they were for Round 3.
Following Saturday’s struggles when there were a record 149 three-putts, the going was much more tame on Sunday with just 51 three-putts and a scoring average (72.23) that was more than three strokes lower than it was for the third round.
“I think they did their best job overnight to get them back to a nice pace, and it's very hard probably once they're that far down the road to be perfectly consistent today,” Adam Scott said. “But I thought they did a good job of bringing them back to probably where you'd like to see them for Sunday's round.”
PGA Tour officials said they tried to maintain green speeds of 13 on the Stimpmeter, compared to Saturday’s pace that was in excess of 15 feet, and even adjusted a few hole locations at Nos. 4 and 14 to keep from having a similar problem on Day 4.
“They were still very, very fast,” said Justin Thomas, who shot a day’s best 65. “When you get above the hole it's really hit and hope and try not to have a long putt coming back.”