This will be a test of strategy. Play it safe off the tee and try and be aggressive with the second shot. Firm and fast greens could make three-putt avoidance a key.
While some would suggest the lack of wind may bring everyone into the mix, I would submit that experience is still as important (if not more) than ever. A 3-iron rolling out 280 yards won't be easy for some to get used to.
Want to talk about who some strategic players are? Take a look at the top four from Hoylake in 2006.
- Tiger Woods
- Chris DiMarco
- Ernie Els
- Jim Furyk
On that note, I'm making two adjustments to my Yahoo! lineup and settling on starters. For now. I think.
- A-List - Graeme McDowell starting with Tiger on the bench.
- B-List - Ernie Els and Justin Rose starting with Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson on the bench.
- C-List - Adam Scott starts with Westy on the bench.
One-and-done: Ernie Els
Two-and-done: Graeme McDowell (his interview sold me)