You have made excellent points for your position. But, in the case of the PGA Tour, the player really doesn't have any viable options with which to advance his career. This is the pinnacle of his profession and he probably has expectations based on past experience. If the working conditions were like this on a consistent basis he probably would not have said anything. But I am fairly certain that players on that level hardly ever play in competition under such conditions, if ever. Aerated greens? "Really?"
Originally Posted by Golfingdad
Agreed. At some point they cross a line from tough or unfortunate playing conditions to "come on, are you kidding me?" I think aerated (and seemingly partially dead) greens is across that line.
On the other hand, I should recognize that we could be making a mountain out of a molehill here. We really don't know. This could be only one green, not all of them, and it could only a portion of one green too - notice how in the picture the cup is not visible. So, devils advocate ... lets say the rest of that green looks like the bottom left corner of the picture (not bad), and all of the rest of the greens are in good condition as well. Then, maybe, I'd say, they are just whining for the sake of whining.
If you look a little further into the twitter feed, another players mentions that the green in question was one of the "nicer" ones.