It’s no small irony that a week after Royal St. George’s, considered by many the least favorite in the Open Championship rotation and a particularly capricious test because of the layout’s pitched fairways, Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club is taking heat from the PGA Tour’s rank and file.
“I don't know that we should be penalizing a guy that lands on the fairway and two bounces (he’s) in the rough. But that's what it is,” said Paul Goydos, who was tied for 11th midway through the third round.
“It's one of those courses that if you don't hit every shot, you're going to struggle to make par. Your tee shot, approach shot, whatever. We are pros. We are supposed to be able to do that.”
Officials scrambled on Saturday, trimming the rough on the par-70 layout which last hosted the Canadian Open in 2005 and posted that season’s second-toughest stroke average (72.53). But the damage caused by this week’s wayward setup seems to already be done.
“The wider the course the better,” Geoff Ogilvy told the Globe and Mail. “The biggest disappointment to me is that most people don’t get it.”