The only PGA Tour stop in Massachusetts made its return to TPC Boston yesterday as opening practice rounds were underway on the course.
Yesterday was more of an arrival day, so to speak, for the players as they fine-tuned their equipment and their golf swings from the travel week up from New York/New Jersey at The Barclays. The FedEx Cup won’t be decided this week, but a handful of players will need good showings to continue their quest towards the $10-million purse.
One player who wasn’t too worried about getting off to a bad start was Jason Dufner, as the two-time winner this season skipped The Barclays willingly in order to get a little bit of R&R. In my notes section for the Boston Herald, I write about Dufner’s decision and if it would have been different if he himself was in a different position in the standings. Also in the notes is a section about Worcester-born Scott Stallings and his return to the New England area, a place where he spent countless hours learning the game of golf in the summers.
The biggest thing on player’s minds ON the course was the changes made to the 18th green. The green was cut by two-thirds of its original size and now players will have to face a difficult sloping green off the back on their approach shots to the reachable par-5, finishing hole.
For a lot of players, this is the first time they got a look at the changes and a number of them practiced just how to attack the green with a long iron. (Man I wish I could drive the ball like them). Read about the reaction from some of the game’s best players by clicking here on my main story for the Boston Herald.