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Players Pleasantly Surprised By East Lake Greens

Many PGA Tour Players Feel
Condition Of Greens Not That Bad
PGA Tour players who played practice rounds at East Lake Country Club yesterday felt the condition of the heat-stressed greens "isn’t that bad” going into the Tour Championship, and most golfers were “generally relieved to learn that PGA Tour officials had them fearing the worst possible scenario,” according to Stan Awtrey of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION.  The Tour cancelled the pro-am and initially was not going to allow players to practice on the course because of the conditions of the greens.  Tour player Mark Calcavecchia said, “The greens are 10 times better than what the tour told us they were going to have. ... They’re closer to good than bad, so I’ll give them a 6 [on a scale of 1 to 10]. I was expecting about a 2.”  Rory Sabbatini added, “Obviously there was a little overexaggeration to the extent of the damage to the greens.”  Heath Slocum: “They’re fine. They’re not great, but they’ll be fine.” Awtrey notes the course has “better greens than can be found on many of the West Coast courses played during the early portion of the PGA Tour" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/12). ESPN.com's Jason Sobel wrote the greens will "roll slower than usual but won’t be nearly as inconsistent as first believed” (ESPN.com, 9/11).

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