Newsclip®: [Sports] Fast greens leave players shocked, grumbling at Sawgrass - San Francisco Chronicle

"Fast greens leave players shocked, grumbling at Sawgrass The Players Championship turned into the test everyone expected all along — and then some — when a perfect storm of hot, dry and windy weather made the putting surfaces faster than they have been all week. The TPC Sawgrass is scary enough with all that water, and players sometimes only feel safe once they get on the putting surfaces. The shock was because of the contrast from the opening two rounds, when the greens were so soft and receptive that it produced a record number of rounds under par for those days in the 35 years the tournament has been at Sawgrass. 'The green speeds kind of took me by surprise,' Day said after a 73 to keep his four-shot lead. Mark Russell, the tour's senior vice president of competition, said the preparations didn't change. Championship golf is getting it on the knife's edge. There were some greens where the bottom of the putter would slide across the grass",

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