By Andrew Both
KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina (Reuters) – The prospect of gradual five-hour plus rounds looms giant at this week’s PGA Championship, which will likely be performed on the longest course in main historical past at Kiawah Island beginning on Thursday.
The Atlantic oceanside structure will be stretched to a monster 7,876-yards — and the again 9 to greater than 4,000 — although officers are more likely to set it up considerably shorter every day by shifting ahead among the tees on holes enjoying into the wind.
The PGA of America will attempt to get threesomes round in 4 hours, 47 minutes within the first two rounds, although former Masters champion Adam Scott thinks that’s an unrealistic expectation.
Kerry Haigh, the person in control of course set-up for the PGA, hopes that permitting distance-measuring units for use by caddies for the primary time will assist pace up play.
But he’s totally conscious of the challenges in stopping rounds from slowing to a snail’s tempo, particularly if the wind blows as strongly as forecast and causes gamers to spend extra time than standard making an attempt to gauge membership and shot choice.
“The length of the course itself on its own I don’t think is that big of an issue as if the wind blows,” Haigh stated.
“Obviously then it takes a little more time to determine clubs, etcetera, but the distance-measuring devices will certainly help that potentially.
“We’ll be out monitoring the tempo of play as we do each PGA Championship and really hopeful that the tempo will likely be affordable.”
The final tee time on Thursday and Friday is 2.42 p.m. local (1842 GMT) while sunset is at 8.15 p.m., which suggests the late starters won’t have much daylight left by the time they finish.
“I feel that is wishful pondering, as tough as it may be,” stated Australia’s former world primary Scott when instructed officers hoped for sub-five-hour rounds.
Weekend rounds will likely be performed in twosomes and must be significantly faster.
(Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Ken Ferris)