No big surprises for course set-upon December 5, 2013
This year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge should produce the kind of scoring where the difference between the winning score and last place is not as significant as it has been in the past.
That’s the opinion of Dennis Bruyns, the man who for years has been responsible for the course set-up of “Africa’s Major”.
“I don’t think we’ll have a very low winning score, but rather not such a big gap between first and last. I think the whole field will be a lot closer together because the rough is not as penal as in the past,” said Bruyns.
While the format has changed from a 12-man to 30-man field, Bruyns says this won’t change his approach to the course set-up, and he gave some insight into what the players can expect for Thursday’s first round.
“Just because it’s now 30 players doesn’t change anything. The first round set-up will be much the same as usual.”
According to Bruyns, this means the par-five second will be one of the easiest holes in the first round. “You should see a lot of birdies there. The pin will be on the right of the green, and there’s a shelf that feeds the ball down to there. The 18th will feature something similar in that the pin will be on the left of the green, and the slope naturally feeds down to there.”
The par-three fourth will see a fairly safe pin placement on the left of the green away from the water, and the par-three seventh will be in the middle of the green.
“No matter where you place the pin on the par-four eighth, it remains a tough hole. The ninth tee will be forward on day one with the pin on the right as the players face it. And the 17th will also have a forward tee, with the pin on the left by the water as a result,” said Bruyns.