The USPGA Championship has been run and won and it was interesting that at in June everyone seemed concerned with Pros struggling to make par in a major and then last week the scores were too low!! Apparently Brooks Koepka earned more money at the U.S. Open and PGA Championship this year than Arnold Palmer and Gary Player won in their careers -- combined!!
The course seemed to play very well considering the weather they have had in the USA, particularly this summer. St Louis is one of the toghest places on the planet to grow Bentgrass with extreme summer temperatures and high humidity contributing to the difficulty. Throw in the fact that they get snow there as well which reduces the growth window and the staff did an enormous job to make it work. I liked the commonsense sign that greeted the players in the locker room when they arrived.
The PGA tour moves to North Carolina and to Sedgefield CC which I wrote about in 2012 when they converted their Bentgrass greens to Champion Couchgrass in a very tight time frame prior to the tournament. That was done due to the difficulty of growing Bentgrass during summer in their climate when the tournament is held. Unfortunately some of the worst winter weather on record caused severe dieback on their greens and the staff reportedly planted 135,000 x 2 inch plugs from other greens rather than attempting to re-turf. A monumental job and reports are that the greens are running beautifully for the tournament.
|Before and after a Sedgefield!!|
Back to Cool Tweed and the weather is absolutely superb at the moment. It's still not warm enough to get the grass really moving as we need the soil temperatures to rise for that to happen. The River greens are still slow to recover from the shade and wear of the past few months and they got a solid tine aerate earlier this week to try and get some much needed air to the root zone.
A week of tree pruning, predominantly on the West course although we did do a little on the north side of 18R tee and I snapped the photo this afternoon of some sun hitting the surface which would be the first time since probably March. The pruning certainly lightens the area and the bit of sunlight couldn't possibly do any harm!!