SENIOR PLAYERS Day 1 Recap: Thursday, June 9, 2016
With only five players shooting below par and the standalone leader in at -2, our Wissahickon golf course (along with some serious, blustery winds) was the clear winner on day 1 of the PGA Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. We hope you enjoy this first installment of the PCC recap of the previous day's action, with links to articles and quote excerpts below from some of the legends playing in the tournament:
"I love it, it's in fantastic shape, you look at these tee boxes and fairways, you could putt on these, that's how good of shape it's in. it's a great venue, it's any bit as good as the ones we played the last couple years. They always pick great golf courses and this is no exception."
"You get out of position off the tee and then you're struggling," Montgomerie said. "But I think it's terrific, I really do. I think this is marvelous. This is a real major. This has a major feel to it. You could put these greens on any course worldwide and everyone would be thrilled with them. it's so much of a challenge where par every hole means something, it feels good. It feels great. I love it because this is what majors should be. You should feel like it's a major, and it is. Love it, absolutely love it."
"I hit a lot of good shots, it played tough. It played very tough. You had to play the wind on the tee shot. You had to play the wind on the second shot. The wind is affecting everything. The scores are reflecting that. Even-par is pretty good, 2-under is really good. It just goes to show that the golf course is as good as it is. I'm just thankful it rained [Wednesday]. If it hadn't rained, oh my God, that could get out of control."
"It's a Tillinghast golf course. I've played a lot of Tillinghast golf courses and they are difficult," Watson said. "You really have to hit a lot of quality shots. The greens are very quick and, with this northwest wind, it played very tough today. This golf course is all you want. That's the absolute best I could do. It's a championship golf course. You could hold any type of championship tournament on this course you'd want, I think."
"I don't remember all the names, it's been so long," Mediate said Wednesday of playing Philadelphia-area courses. "I've played a bunch of golf courses in this area. I played Merion only once, back in probably the mid-2000s. I played Aronimink. I liked Merion a lot. Aronimink I loved. I don't know why I liked it more, but it's bigger. This is my favorite of all of them so far" in the area, he said. "It is. I couldn't wait to see it. I went through the video stuff that they did with the redo, and wanted to see what they did. They restored so many things that were gone, covered by trees, bushes and stuff. They opened it all up - genius."
"When I packed for this tournament, I didn't pack long johns," said Parnevik, who is Swedish. "It's almost like a U.S. Open. If the USGA was here and set the course up, it would have been unplayable. They would have cut the fairways in, had the rough up. I would have probably shot 90. I'm surprised I haven't heard about this place. It's a beautiful place."
"It's a beautiful place to watch golf, and the course is magnificent."
Jay Don Blake:
"Tough golf course out there and I'm just happy to get done with a couple under par... Hit it pretty decent all day... Hit it well, played well and just kind of executed some good shots out there today."
"Overall, pretty happy with the day. Played solid golf in very trying conditions and this golf course is very challenging. It's a great test of golf."
Round 1 Photo Gallery
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Mediate on a roll entering Seniors Players tourney
Jay Don Blake Leads Senior Players Championship
Montgomerie is happy to survive the wind at the Senior Players Championship