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Major champs approve of changes to Liberty National

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. – A lot has changed since 2009. I know it, you know it ... and Tiger Woods knows it.

I'm talking, of course, about the changes that were made at Liberty National, site of this week's Barclays.

When The Barclays was last held at Liberty National in 2009, players weren't too pleased with the über-undulating putting surfaces and penal, 4-inch rough.

But 15 of the 18 holes have since been touched up, and players seem satisfied by the changes.


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'They made some really nice improvements,' Woods said after his pro-am round on Wednesday. 'Some of the landing areas ... some of the greens ... and a couple bunkers have been repositioned, but they have made some really nice, positive improvements.'

That's certainly a different tune than the one Woods sang in 2009, when he described the course as 'interesting,' having missed a 7-footer for birdie to force a playoff with Heath Slocum on the 72nd hole.

This year's Masters champion couldn't find anything to complain about on Wednesday.

'The course is in perfect shape,' Adam Scott said. 'I don't have really clear memories of how the course was last time around. Obviously it got a lot of criticism, but there was nothing too crazy that I saw out here today. So if it was, then they have done a nice job fixing it. And if not, then I think we're all mad.'

The changes get PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner's stamp of approval as well.

'They made some changes since we were here last, I think for the better,' Dufner said. 'I love the routing of the golf course. ... I know that there was a lot of negative feedback from players in '09, but I think from what I saw yesterday, a lot of things have improved.'

All the positive feedback on Liberty National must be liberating for course designers and the PGA Tour, no doubt.

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