Originally Posted by NBCgolfer
Muirfield Golf Links is a challenging course, but does it deserve the tough love these pros are giving it? I heard Lee Trevino talking about how those guys will complain about the British Open and US Open course toughness. However, Trevino mentioned they never talk down about Augusta National out of fear. Should the pros quit their belly-aching or do they have a legit leg to stand on?
Sorry to get in so late on this one.
I think that the reason that most pros don't complain about pin placement at Augusta is because while the greens are incredibly fast the pins are often in locations that if you place your ball correctly it will funnel to the hole rather than away.
It seemed that in the Open Championship some of the pins were literally on a mound, there were some putts that I saw where the player putting uphill and run it past the hole to leave himself an uphill putt????
I also think that since The Masters is played at the same venue each year players are able to learn the breaks and where not to miss over the years.
Plus they're probably afraid that the "Grand Wizard Billy" will have them put on a hit list :)
I will say that I loved the way that Poulter praised the course after his final round.