Start with hard greens. Add new and tougher contours than last year’s setup at Kapalua. Throw in winds up to 40 miles per hour. Lastly, put pins right on the edge of the greens or in places where it’s nearly impossible to to get the ball close.
Sound like the US Open? It’s the Mercedes at Kapalua.
I just watched Vijay Singh miss a green in regulation from 4 yards off the green. Yes, 4 yards.
The #5 hole at Kapalua is a very reachable par 5. Many players are getting close to the front edge of the green. The pin is back right, very close to the edge. I’ve watched the likes of David Toms and Sergio Garcia miss this green when approaching it with a putter. Their shots go right by the pin, look like they’re good and then the wind is blowing them off the green and/or into the green side bunker. Sergio chipped onto the 5th to about 4 feet, then the wind blew his shot into the green side bunker. Brutal, plain brutal.
Best score of the day is -1. And what a surprise, Stewart Appleby is in the lead. He’s at -3, one head of Campbell, Toms, Singh and Furyk. Bringing up the rear at +14: Jason Gore and Brad Faxon. Faxon has an excuse as he’s recovering from an ACL injury. Gore just may have sophomore-itis.
Appleby was my pick to win this tournament. What is it with this dude and Kapalua? He owns the place.