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Scott: PGA Tour has to think smarter, not longer

19 Aug 2019, 23:42 GMT+10

Cape Town - Australian golfer Adam Scott has criticised the PGA Tour for failing to realise they can't rely on length alone to provide players with a proper challenge.

The former Masters champion made the comments after the third round of the BMW Championship at Medinah, where 64 of the 69 players in the field went on to finish under par despite the course measuring a whopping 7 700 yards.

On Friday, Hideki Matsuyama shot a 63 to break the course record, only for eventual champion Justin Thomas to go even lower on Saturday with a 61.

As far as Scott is concerned, the PGA Tour has its focus all wrong when preparing courses.

"They haven't figured out yet that long means nothing to us - you can't build it long enough," Scott said. "I'm not surprised to see low scores out here. If a golf course is soft we are just going to tear it apart.

"I'm not challenging officials and course designers to build long courses, I'm challenging them to build smarter golf courses."

Scott reckons more challenging setups would make for a more entertaining spectacle, while the best drivers in the game could actually use their talents to their advantage.

"If you require us to shape tee shots to get it in play we're going to struggle. (Now) we just play straight, everything is straight. While there is an option to go over trees and over bunkers, it is just relentless," he said.

"The driver is the most forgiving club in the bag now; it's just swing as hard as you can and get it down there far. It's not a skillful part of the game anymore and it's really unfair for some guys who are great drivers of the golf ball. I don't think their talents are showing up as much as they should."

Tiger Woods seemed to agree with Scott, as he pointed out players didn't always have the luxury of whipping out a driver and bombing it as far as they could when he first started.

"When I first came out on Tour and before me, especially, there's a lot of 1 irons and stuff off the tees. Just kind of get it in play," Woods said.

"Now, you just pull out driver, bomb it down there and you're looking for three to four good weeks a year. That's how you play. It's not the consistency, it's not about making a bunch of cuts.

"It's about having three, four good weeks a year. That's the difference. The guys understand that.

"With today's equipment, you can maximise a driver and just absolutely just bomb it and some of the guys sacrifice stuff around the greens or short irons for the driver. The driver is the most important club in the bag now just because of the way the game is played."

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