PGA Tour

Minor changes made to Doral

2015-09-03 07:41
Dustin Johnson (AFP)

Norton - Once among the most popular stops on the PGA Tour schedule, Trump National Doral had more players grumbling than ever. The complaints mainly were that the power players had too big an advantage.

The tour was listening, and so was The Donald.

As part of constant feedback on golf courses, players were allowed to submit their thoughts (signed or anonymous). Those were presented to Trump and work has been underway to make a few changes for next year's Cadillac Championship.

"I just went over some changes to make it more friendly for guys who hit it my length instead of it being a bomber's paradise," said Brandt Snedeker, among those who offered reasonable suggestions. "I think Gil (Hanse) tried to do the right thing to tighten it up, but it's hard to see how a golf course plays until guys play it. You don't know what bunkers are in play and out of play."

The changes are mostly about the bunkers on six holes — Nos. 2, 6, 7, 12, 14 and 17.

The seventh hole was a prime example with two bunkers to the left and another bunker farther out on the right. The fairway sloped toward the right bunker, leaving the medium-length players limited options — a tiny landing zone, playing short of the left bunkers for a longer approach over the water to the green, or seeing their tee shots tumble into a bunker and facing that shot over water.

Andy Pazder, chief of operations for the PGA Tour, said a shorter bunker is being removed and another bunker is being added further out on the left.

"That makes the tee shot more fair," he said. "And even the long hitters who can't quite carry the bunkers on the left and still hit 3-wood comfortably."

That was just one example. The other changes are mainly about covering over some bunkers that were in play only for the medium hitters and extending or moving bunkers that would challenge the longer hitters.

Pazder described the changes as a result of "continuous feedback we've received over the last few years after Gil's redesign."

"This is designed to create a little more of a level playing field as it relates to those who carry it 300 yards and those who don't," he said.

Dustin Johnson won this year. Next on the leaderboard were J.B. Holmes, Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson and Adam Scott.

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