Greens at Harbor Shore the talk of the tournamentPublished 9:29am Friday, May 25, 2012
BENTON HARBOR – The greens at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores continue to be the topic of discussion as the 73rd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid begins its second round Friday.
While the golfers agree that from tee to green Harbor Shores is one of the most beautiful courses they have played, their opinion of the greens widely differ.
With Friday being cut day, golfers like Hal Sutton knows that he needs to knock down some putts in order to contend for a championship.
First-round leader Roger Chapman made enough putts Thursday to shoot 68 and take a two-stroke lead into the second day.
When Sutton was asked about his strategy going into the second round, he said “I’m just trying to drive it in the fairway and get it on the green and get some of these God awful putts that they got here.”
Tom Lehman agreed that the greens are tough to conquer.
“There are two things,” he said. “One, the greens are difficult for starters, so it takes really good shots to get it close. But with the wind blowing, that makes it quadruple the difficulty. Not just hitting shots, the putting becomes more difficult when the winds blowing so hard and it’s gusty.”
The gusty wind conditions that made Harbor Shores a tough place to play golf Thursday will diminish Friday and the temperatures will dip some as a cold front moves through the area.
The golfers agreed that Friday may be the best chance to put up a good score and keep themselves in the hunt for the title.
Friday’s weather called for highs in the mid-70s with winds becoming calmer in the afternoon.
Saturday and Sunday the heat returns and will bring humidity along with it and more windy conditions.