"When the chips down, that contour makes that green play very well small," he said. "Especially if the greens get hard. That's probably not going to be a luxury this week. They're probably going to be a little bit damp, unfortunately, so it's going to play easier."
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STUART APPLEBY has struggled to regain the magic that allowed him to shoot a final-round 59 and win the inaugural Classic in 2010.
Prior to that victory, Appleby had gone 119 starts without a win. Since he became the fifth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59, the nine-time tour winner has had 77 starts without a victory and has missed 28 cuts - including the last two Classics.
Radical changes were made to the Old White TPC since his 22-under tied for the second-lowest par score on the PGA Tour that season. The fairways were tightened and six holes were lengthened, extending the distance from 7,020 to 7,274 yards. No. 4 (Racetrack) and No. 5 (Mounds) were lengthened by 31 and 44 yards respectively.
Also, the greens were reseeded and were expected to be - without the steady rain falling on Greenbrier County this week - much faster than they were the first three years.
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THERE IS a generation gap in the 8:30 a.m. group teeing off from No. 10 today.
Texan Jordan Spieth, at just 19 years old, will join 48-year-old Jesper Parnevik and 39-year-old Greg Chalmers in the tournament's first two rounds. Parnevik turned professional in 1986, seven years before Spieth was born and Chalmers turned pro when Spieth was two.
Spieth isn't officially a member of the PGA Tour and won't be eligible for the FedEx Cup unless he wins a Tour event. He earned Special Temporary Member status this season in which he receives unlimited sponsors exemptions into PGA Tour events for the remainder of the season.
However, the teenager - he doesn't turn 20 until July 27 - has earned $1,153,079 this season, his first full year as a professional with one second-place finish and five top 10s.
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BUBBA WATSON said he has a responsibility as a PGA Tour golfer and it extends beyond contributing to charities and playing the game.
"You don't grow up trying to play golf to be famous or to be in the media's eye," said Watson, who was criticized recently for a well-publicized exchange with caddy Ted Scott during the Travelers Championship. "Obviously, people are fans and your fan base grows when you win big tournaments. You just have to learn to deal with it."
Shortly after signing several autographs following Wednesday's Pro-Am, Watson said: "These fans are out here supporting us and we should sign autographs. I try to sign as many autographs as I can."
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