Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana
7,567 yards – Par 72 – Bentgrass Greens
Course Architect: Pete Dye
Green Sizes: 5,000 square feet … Tiny Greens
Stimpmeter: 12 to 12.5 ft … Faster than Average Green Speeds
Strength of Field Rating: 550+ OWGR …Strong Field Strength
Driving Distance (Field Average): 279.5 yards … Wet Conditions prevented rollout in 2012
Fairways Hit (Field Average): 69.7% … Easy Fairways to Hit (2012 @ Crooked Stick)
Greens in Regulation (Field Average): 66.3% … Easier than Average Greens to Hit (2012 @ Crooked Stick)
2015: Jason Day -22 over Daniel Berger -16
2014: Billy Horschel -14 over Bubba Watson -12
2013: Zach Johnson -16 over Nick Watney -14
2012: Rory McIlroy -20 over Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson -18
2011: Justin Rose -13 over John Senden -11
2010: Dustin Johnson -9 over Paul Casy -8
2015: Jason Day -20
2014: Billy Horschel -13
2013: Jim Furyk -13
2012: Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh -16
2011: Justin Rose -13
2010: Ryan Moore -8
2015: Jason Day -18
2014: Sergio Garcia -8
2013: Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker -11
2012: Vijay Singh -13
2011: Justin Rose, Mark Wilson -11
2010: Matt Kuchar, K.J. Choi -6
Important Interview Quotes
Q. Six competitive rounds at this course, your worst score is a 70. Does this course just set up well for your game?
DUSTIN JOHNSON: Yeah, I like the golf course. You get it hit a lot of drivers, it’s pretty tough course, you got to drive it straight, I feel like the course sets up pretty well for me though. -2016
Q. Nice round. What did you think of the course?
JIMMY WALKER: I thought it was set up good. They had a couple of tees up maybe, I think. It just played real soft. If you landed in the fairway it wasn’t going to bounce in the rough really, and wherever it was hitting, it was sticking. A lot of mud. Good we played it up. Greens are soft and receptive. -2012
Q. Not surprising there were a lot of low scores out there?
JIMMY WALKER: You never know. I mean, the rough is deep. The rough is tough. We had a couple of times today where you get in the rough and you’re just hacking it out. I didn’t know what to expect, honestly. -2012
Q. That’s interesting you said that about Pete Dye. When you don’t know a particular course very well, do you think about the designer and what you know about him a little bit?
JIMMY WALKER: Well, Pete does a lot of visual stuff. He’s very?? he likes to make you put something in your head, and really a lot of times it has nothing to do with the hole. You step out on the hole the first time, and you’re like, wow, that bunker, can I carry that? It’s only like 230 and you can blow right over it. There’s a lot of that. -2012
Q. Webb said that if you weren’t playing lift, clean and place he probably would have shot 80 because there was so much mud on the ball. Your thoughts?
BO VAN PELT: Yeah, there was definitely a bunch of mud on the ball. I think the rules staff made the right decision. I know a few years ago we played Sunday at 84 Lumber on a day like this and balls were going all over the place. I don’t think that’s fun for anybody to watch. To me I think the people of Indiana are having fun watching guys play well and making birdies, so I think they made the right call. -2012
Q. Course conditions: Obviously you liked them today?
ZACH JOHNSON: Yeah, typically wet conditions are not favorable for me, but this course does have some rough, and it is penal if you hit it in the rough. I think the greens are good. I like bentgrass greens. That’s what I grew up on. I can see the breaks, I can see the lines, and apart from one or two misreads, I had a good putting round. -2012
Q. Talk about tournaments where you’ve got to make a ton of birdies. These past two weeks you’ve been doing that. What’s your mindset and what do you have to do in a week like that?
TIGER WOODS: Well, you play a golf course like this, it’s generally like playing Sawgrass. You don’t expect those numbers. One year Greg went low there, but other than that you just don’t expect it. You come to a Pete Dye golf course, and you don’t expect to see 13?under par leading after two days.
As I said, we have a small field. You have 70 guys, and 51 guys shot under par. That’s unbelievable, on a Pete Dye course. -2012
Q. Under firmer conditions, can this course hold up to a PGA Championship?
TIGER WOODS: We’re always going to shoot low numbers if you have ball in hand. But if it dries out, it might present a totally different challenge. But if it’s like this, this is about the score. We were saying at the beginning of the week it’s going to be near 20, and here it is 20 plus. -2012
Q. How would you compare this course and the experience of actually playing here?
TIGER WOODS: Well, this is different for a Pete Dye course. We’re not used to seeing it this flat. Sawgrass isn’t like this, Whistling Straits is definitely not like this. He has some very difficult moundy golf courses, and this one is a little bit more tame. The slopes are not as sharp, but they’re a little bit bigger. -2012
Quotes found at ASAPsports.com unless otherwise noted.
2012: Course received A LOT of rain before and during the week. Lift, clean, and place was used in all four rounds. Conditions remained soft throughout the week and really took a lot of bite out of the course.
Course: The cornfields were pushed into wide fairways and fair landing areas. Dye’s design incorporated innovative elements in the United States, but familiar challenges in Scotland: railroad ties, strip bunkers, sand and grass pot bunkers, mounds and blind spots. – CrookedStick.org
Pete Dye talking about the course ahead of 2009 U.S. Senior Open… GCSSAA.org