The par70 ground made 66 PGA Tour golfers unable to reach the negative score in the opening round of the BMW Championship event this year on August 27.
Out of the 69 golfers on the pitch, only three beat Olympia Fields’s standard strokes. Hideki Matsuyama kept the top spot at -3, followed by Tyler Duncan -2 and Mackenzie Hughes -1. This is the opening round of the PGA Tour with the least negative transcripts since the major US Open 2018 in Shinnecock Hills recorded four “under par” golfers.
High temperatures and continuous winds make the atmosphere at Olympia Fields, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, become dry and hard. Under such conditions, all struggle to hit the narrow fairway. They have to avoid the rough at the start of the hole because there is a lot of green grass but almost half an arm’s height, and once the ball gets in, it is very difficult for golfers to get to the standard green.
At the end of the hole, they have to be sharp in the handling phases around the green because if you use wedges by mistake, the ball will easily roll into the rough. After all, it cannot stick to the inert green surface due to the sun and wind.
On August 23, Dustin Johnson won the playoff of the Northern Trust at -30 at TPC Boston, par71. This golfer hit 67-60-64-64 through four rounds in turn. But at Olympia Fields yesterday, Johnson had to hit 71 strokes across 18 holes.
Rory McIlroy was among 10 guys with 70 strokes and entered the T4 group at even par. However, he did not break the pitch standard, he still thought this round was successful. The average shot is 321 yards, but Woods is close to 43% accurate, up to the standard green of 66%, and using a total of 32 putt to close the hole.
Justin Thomas was entangled with four bogeys in the last six holes. Woods and Thomas join the T35 group alongside other big names like Patrick Reed, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau Daniel Berger is fourth in the FedEx Cup.
The BMW Championship only went to the top 70 on the FedEx Cup transcript and finished second in a series of three playoff events to sort the results of the race to a $ 15 million prize for the champion. Solving does not perform cutting after 36 holes. Olympia Fields is likely to be “less difficult” after the second round once night rains fall as forecast on August 28.