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Golf-Kiawah course reminds Scot Laird of St Andrews

By Andrew Both

KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina (Reuters) – Scotland’s Martin Laird hopes Kiawah Island’s resemblance to St Andrews will present a jolt of nostalgic power and immediate him to fireside up on the PGA Championship beginning on Thursday.

Though Kiawah Island will not be a real hyperlinks course in that many pictures have to be hit over hazards with out the choice of with the ability to preserve the ball on the bottom, the course is adjoining to a large, sandy seashore and the ocean air wafting off the Atlantic virtually makes Laird really feel at house.

“There are a few holes out here that look proper linksy and the scenery, it’s definitely got that feel,” Laird advised Reuters after a observe spherical on match eve.

“It’s not dissimilar to St Andrews, with the big beach running along (the course). My caddie said ‘this looks like St Andrews, but St Andrews is a lot easier to get to’.”

St Andrews is the house of golf, and although it’s accessible solely by a pair of single-lane roads, the Ocean Course on the east finish of Kiawah Island is much more distant.

There is just one highway onto the island, and the closest inns in Charleston are an hour’s drive away.

Most gamers, nonetheless, have rented homes on the island, thus avoiding what was a nightmare day by day commute from Charleston when the 2012 PGA Championship was performed right here.

Laird, who completed equal forty second again then, says rating this week might differ from the mid-60s to the mid-70s, primarily based on how troublesome the PGA of America units up the course.

“You could make a 10-shot different on this course, depending on set-up,” mentioned Glasgow-born Laird, a four-times PGA Tour winner, together with as soon as this season in Las Vegas.

“Off the back tees, with tough pins, mid-70s is a great score but I’ve got a feeling they’re going to move a lot of tees a whole lot up. Not 10-20 yards, but 50-60 yards.

“If they put pins in powerful spots this place may very well be as troublesome as you’ll ever play.”

(Reporting by Andrew Both, modifying by Ed Osmond)

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