The majority of the world’s best golfers have descended on Ohio and the Firestone Country Club this week for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. While many will have been keen to get as much practice as possible on the long and testing Firestone layout, Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell and Open Championship nearly man, Adam Scott were teeing it up on the Kiawah Island Ocean Course which, of course will be hosting the final major championship of 2012, next week’s PGA Championship.
All three players decided getting in extra practice on what is considered to be the toughest course in America would be more beneficial than warming up for this week’s World Championships. In all honesty Woods doesn’t need much practice at Firestone having won on this course 7 times out of 13 starts and Adam Scott probably feels comfortable enough there as well, what with being the defending champion and having played so well at Royal Lytham & St Anne’s throughout 68 holes of The Open Championship. That just leaves McDowell who no doubt holds the World Golf Championships in high regard but perhaps simply has a greater desire to add to his major haul of the US Open he won at Pebble Beach in 2010.
More than most, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island requires a tonne of local knowledge.
This is no new game plan for Woods as he visited the Olympic Club well in advance of the 2012 US Open and with the aforementioned 7 wins at Firestone under his belt, an extra 18 holes probably wouldn’t make that much difference! The same might be said for Scott; after all he must have learnt a thing or two while storming to victory last year.
Will an extra round at Kiawah Island give them a leg up on the rest of the PGA Championship field? That remains to be seen but one thing is for sure; if you own a private jet and fancy testing yourself on one of the most brutal courses in the USA before jetting back to compete in one of the biggest events on the golfing calendar then you can do just that. For the rest of us a mere American Golf Holiday or South Carolina Golf Tour will have to suffice!
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