Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Florida
7,340 yards – Par 71 – TifEagle Bermudagrass overseeded with Poa Trivialis
Tournament Stimpmeter: 11 to 12 feet … Average Speed
Green Sizes: 6,100 sq. feet … Smaller Greens
Strength of Field Rating: ~350 … Average Field Strength
Course Architect: Lawrence Packard (1971)
Fairways Hit (Field Average): ~62% … Average Fairway Difficulty
Greens in Regulation (Field Average): ~62% … Harder-than-Average Greens to Hit
Driving Distance (Field Average): ~270 yards … Less-than-Driver Course
Course Difficulty (Relative to Par): +0.77 … Hard Course
*Numbers since 2010
Average Wind Speed: 13.7 MPH … Windy Event
Average Temperature: 77 degrees … Average Temperatures
2018: Paul Casey -10 over Patrick Reed, Tiger Woods -9
2017: Adam Hadwin -13 over Patrick Cantlay -13
2016: Charl Schwartzel -7 over Bill Haas in a playoff
2015: Jordan Spieth -10 over Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair in a playoff
2014: John Senden -7 over Kevin Na -6
2013: Kevin Streelman -10 over Boo Weekley -8
2012: Luke Donald -13 over Robert Garrigus, Sangmoon Bae, Jim Furyk in a playoff
2011: Gary Woodland -15 over Webb Simpson -14
2010: Jim Furyk -13 over K.J. Choi -12
2018: Corey Conners -9
2017: Adam Hadwin -14
2016: Bill Haas -8
2015: Ryan Moore -9
2014: Robert Garrigus -8
2013: Kevin Streelman, Justin Leonard, George Coetzee -6
2012: Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen -11
2011: Justin Rose -13
2010: Jim Furyk -11
2018: Corey Conners -6
2017: Adam Hadwin -10
2016: Will MacKenzie, Steve Stricker -5
2015: Brendon de Jonge -6
2014: Robert Garrigus -7
2013: Shawn Stefani -7
2012: Jason Dufner -10
2011: Chris Couch, Garrett Willis -9
2010: Padraig Harrington -8
2018: Corey Conners -4
2017: Jim Herman -9
2016: Keegan Bradley, Ken Duke, Charles Howell III -4
2015: Brian Davis -6
2014: Greg Chalmers, Matt Every, Danny Lee, Pat Perez -3
2013: Shawn Stefani -6
2012: Padraig Harrington -10
2011: Paul Casey -7
2010: Garrett Willis -6
Important Interview Quotes
Q. Copperhead, what do you think, this is a good test for you this week?
TIGER WOODS: It’s a great test. Tough to chip the golf ball both ways. With this wind blowing it’s going to put a premium on really hitting it flush. It was a bit tough out there. Wind is blowing, swirling a little bit inside the trees and it was tough and plus it will be blustery again tomorrow but cooler and so it’s going to be tough. -2018
Q. Tiger, the course it, does it fit your eye?
TIGER WOODS: It does fit my eye well. It’s very tricky off the tee and funny that I have been able to shape it. I got to hit highs and lows, draws and cuts. It’s a test. -2018
Q. You said you came in on Thursday and played a couple practice rounds since then. What do you see in the course and is it a course that fits your style of play?
DYLAN MEYER: Yeah. You know, you have to be pretty strategic out here. It doesn’t offer a lot of drivers for me. It’s a lot of 3-woods, 2 hybrids off the tees and gives me a long iron into the green.
The Snake Pit, I have a hybrid into 17, long iron into 18. Fits right into my game because I hit my long irons and everything so well. Kind of pumped up for it and ready to get it going. -2018
Q. Making your first start here. You’ve had a couple looks over the past few days. Some thoughts on being here this week and how you’re feeling, how the course sets up for your game.
RORY MCILROY: I’m excited to be here. I’ve watched a lot of this tournament over the years on TV. I always — it always seemed like a very positional golf course, you have. You don’t have to be too aggressive off the tee, have a conservative game plan, lay back, give yourself sort of the longer shots to the green.
That’s really what I saw in there. I was surprised, not undulating, the greens have a lot of slope from one side to the other, whether it’s back to front or left to right. You can’t really see that on the TV.
The golf course is great. It’s a good test. Not a whole lot of drivers but lot of mid to longer irons into the green. Tough par 3’s. Probably a course you’re going to have to try to take advantage of the par-5s and try to take care of those because it doesn’t really offer a lot more in terms of real birdie chances. -2018
Q. Rory, how do you compare this as a prep for the Masters?
RORY MCILROY: I feel especially with the second shots that you give yourself on this golf course, it sort of prepares you a little better than you play some of the previous events that we play.
Not too much off the tee, lot of irons off the tees here and you still have to hit good shots. Definitely feel like a second shot golf course. -2018
MARK WILLIAMS: We’d like to welcome into the Interview Room, the defending champion, Adam Hadwin to the Valspar Championship. You’ve been playing particularly well leading into it. Just your expectation trying to defend your title.
ADAM HADWIN: Trying not to put too many expectations on it. Obviously we got a tremendous field here for the championship and I think one of the keys to the success is trying not to do too many good things.
Go out there and play golf and let it happen. Obviously a lot of good memories here. Played extremely well last year and feel comfortable on the course. I think it’s a great golf course, I think it suits my game. A matter of going out there and having some fun and executing. -2018
MARK WILLIAMS: What in particular do you think about this golf course suits your game? I was just looking at some stats in the last couple of weeks, you’ve led proximity to the hole on approach shots.
ADAM HADWIN: Nice to have that clicking coming in here for sure, yeah. I think this place as well if you can avoid mistakes — I think the big key around this place, which I think I do very well, I don’t make a lot of big numbers and just kind of calm, steady golf is what I like to do and I think that fits very well here for the Copperhead Course. -2018
Q. You played at Riviera pretty well, played Mexico pretty well. You’re here this week as defending champion. Do you see that as an advantage or disadvantage or maybe just what your game is and maybe neither, and what other courses other than here and those two really cater to your style of play?
ADAM HADWIN: I wouldn’t say it’s an advantage. I would say it’s just different golf. All the guys out there have adjusted to how they want to play golf.
I don’t hit it long enough to hit it high and straight. I got to figure out a way to manufacture around the golf courses still. As far as other golf courses, I played Colonial well before. You don’t have to be long there. You just have to get it in play and putt well. -2018
Q. Corey, we’ll take some opening comments. You have the lead here. What went so well for you out there today?
COREY CONNERS: Just kept things simple. I seem to play well on difficult golf courses and hit a lot of fairways, got myself into position to make some birdies and fortunate to hole some nice putts on the front-9 and keep myself out of trouble.
That’s a big key on this golf course, I think, you are off the fairway you can make a mess of some holes pretty quickly. That was definitely a key for me. -2018
Q. Why do you think tough courses suit you well?
COREY CONNERS: Just maybe the added focus and usually nothing real flashy about my game, don’t overpower it but everything is really solid and on the tough courses just getting the ball in the fairway and getting solid iron shots on to the green and spot where you can get a chance for birdie.
Definitely I like the challenge and like golf courses that require you put a premium on the fairway and hitting the green. -2018
Q. You talked about the greens being little grainy, overseeded. The thought process, you have your putting chart, you opened up?
TIGER WOODS: The grain is definitely thick up there. You know, they’re putting the pins on spots where either it’s really grainy or on a switch between two grains.
The Tour has done a pretty good job of trying to fool us but as far as giving it — you know, yesterday we had to not only had the slope but also the wind. Playing with gusts, two, three balls, things of that nature.
Today we didn’t have that. But most of the putts I had today were uphill. Did a really good job of hitting my irons in the correct spots where I could be really aggressive. Most of my putts today weren’t feeder, they were into the grain uphill and let it rip. -2018
Q. You played here eight times before. How valuable is all that experience because it’s a very strategic course?
BRANDT SNEDEKER: It is especially in windy conditions likes this. There’s lots of little things about this hole plays a little bit more into the wind or little bit more downwind. Certain spots around here you cannot miss it. Miss it there, it’s a guaranteed bogey. -2018
Q. Some of the venues that you’ve won on in the PGA TOUR, if you’re on your game is this a venue you should have a chance to win at?
JUSTIN ROSE: This is right in my wheelhouse. I’m really enjoying this test of golf. Even when I was even par for my round, even par for the tournament I knew I was still in the golf tournament.
You always look at the leader and maybe take him out of the equation because you never know what kind of weekend they’re going to have. I knew the pack was at 4-under par. It enabled me to stay patient, and I like that type of golf. -2018
Q. How do you expect that to compare to tomorrow playing in the final group with Tiger so close?
COREY CONNERS: Yeah, it will be a fun experience. The nice thing is there’s a ton of Canadian fans. I think this is an important winter destination for Canadians. I’ve been feeling a lot of Canadian love out there and yeah, looking forward to more of that and I think it will be a lot of fun. -2018
Q. Paul, you played the tournament sometimes, some years you do, some years you don’t. What went into choosing go play this year and how the tournament changed?
PAUL CASEY: To me it’s one of the best courses on Tour. I think — without question one of the best courses on Tour. My caddy, Johnny McClaren won here before with Luke Donald. He thought it would really suit my game.
I hit a lot of greens in regulation. We discussed again trying to get the flow of the travel. We thought it fit really nicely in the schedule, everything about it, you know, the people, Copperhead, there’s just a lot of positives to it.
It’s actually pretty easy decision, to be honest. Actually questioned why I haven’t played it more in the past because actually I haven’t played it that well. Surprising.
I did like it and as soon as I turned up, I had a good feeling anyway and obviously I’ll be back next year but it’s one I probably would have on the schedule forever. I still don’t like 16. -2018
MATT KUCHAR: I think Innisbrook is one of my favorite courses we play throughout the year. It requires kind of all facets of the game to be working. It’s such a unique course for Florida. They have got some great undulations and some nice elevation changes. Right now, the course is in as good of shape as I recall seeing the golf course. The greens are firm, roll beautifully.
I played nine holes yesterday and was really, really excited and pleased with the condition of the course and just getting back to a course that I enjoy so much, it’s fun to being back. -2017
Q. Why do you feel this course suits you?
HENRIK STENSON: It’s because of the second shots, both on the par 3s and the par 4s, a lot of times it’s those kind of mid-irons. It’s the 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-irons into the greens, and when I’m hitting it well, then that’s the strong part of my game. So it’s going to set up a lot of birdie chances. Then of course, if you’re looking at the courses and the schedule, you’re not going to pick courses that do not suit your game, either, even though that sometimes happens.
This is one that definitely suits me, and here we are again. -2017
Q. Did you hit a lot of irons off the tee?
HENRIK STENSON: It is a second-shot golf course for sure and I did keep the same strategy I’ve done for previous years which worked out pretty well for me. A lot of positioning off the tee and try to set up birdie chances.
Hit a lot of good iron shots into the greens every now and again and took advantage of the par 5s on the greens and made sure I birdied all of those and one or two long putts. So it was pretty tidy, most happy with the putting for sure. Long game, not always as good as I’d like it but all in all a solid day. -2017
CHARL SCHWARTZEL: Yeah, great memories. Great to be back. The golf course, wow, very good shape. Last year they redid the greens, that are brand new, and they were pretty slow but now they are really phenomenal. Fairways are great. They have done a really good job. It looks like the weather is going to be great for the week, too, so it’s going to be a really nice week to play golf out here. -2017
Q. How do you approach the Snake Pit here? What’s your preparation playing 16, 17, 18?
CHARL SCHWARTZEL: Well, the Snake Pit is really only 16, if you’re asking me. 16 is a dangerous hole. Whatever makes you feel comfortable off the tee, whether it’s an iron just short in the fairway and a 3-wood, that’s fine. It’s avoiding the water and the trees on the left, really. You can’t bail. You hit left, you make bogey, anyways. You hit it in the water, you’re going to make probably double.
So it’s getting it off the tee just in play and if you’re going to play that hole, 2-over for the week, you’re going to be in contention in this tournament.
17 and 18 is not really that difficult of holes. I mean, hitting 6-iron, 7-iron into 17, and 18 is your choice, what you want to do. If you drive it, you’ve got to wedge it. If you hit 2-iron off the tee, you’ve got 8-iron in. To me, those holes are not that dangerous. But 16, be careful. Just get the ball in play. -2017
Q. Have you played here before?
BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU: I have. I won the 2014 All-American athletic conference championship, shot 8-under par for three rounds. Played pretty well, got some good memories here and looking forward to making some more. -2017
Q. You’ve had kind of mixed success here. Finished in the Top-5 in the past and the past couple of years have been struggles.
Is this a course that you feel like when you get off to a good start it suits your game?
KEN DUKE: I like it because I hit it straight and you have to hit it straight here. I flight the ball and I have to flight it here because of the wind. My caddy and I went down to see Mr. Toski, got a lot of good work last week. Had a lot of good short game work at my club at the Floridian last week. Got to be patient. -2016
Q. I heard Webb say he likes this course because it feels like the Carolinas. Do you have a similar affinity for this course because of that?
BILL HAAS: The east coast of Florida, Miami and West Palm this is complete — completely different than there. I prefer this — like growing up like he’s saying, I prefer this type of tree-lined, not just wide open which it seems like if you push one left, right wind, it’s 40 yards, 50 yards right.
Here you can kind of work your way through the course. But, again, if you get off line, these trees can — you know it plays really narrow out there with some of these big adult trees. -2016
Q. How did the tournament treat you, Bill? What’s your feeling about this place?
BILL HAAS: Fantastic. I love the area. Inside the gates here it’s just pure golf. We’re playing the best golf course we play in Florida and it’s probably in the Top-5, Top-10 courses we play on Tour.
So, certainly we love to see the greens get a little healthier. That’s just the nature of growing grass. You never know. And they did the best they could with what they had. I liked them. I putted fine on them. I can’t complain about them.
But the layout of the golf course is one of the best we play and you’re seeing it with 7-under winning. Whistling Straits, 1-under won and you got a place here in Florida right off Highway 19 that’s taking 7-under to win. The place here should be pretty proud. -2016
Q. Conditions this morning, the breeze was up for you. What do you need to do well around this course?
DANIEL BERGER: You got to hit your long irons well because you’re going to have a few of them coming into in par-4s and par-5s. I’m used to South Florida, born and raised. It gets windy out there. Just do the same thing I’m doing. -2016
Q. Is this a familiar course for you?
DANIEL BERGER: I played some AJJs when I was younger. I’m used to it. -2016
Q. How many times have you played here?
LEE MCCOY: Probably a thousand. I get on it as much as I can. They stay pretty busy out here. The golf course is phenomenal and lot of resort guests want to play it so it stayed pretty busy but I would always get out here around 4, 5:00 in the afternoon, grab a cart and get out and play a few holes. -2016
Q. And the course, tell us how she’s playing.
JUSTIN THOMAS: It’s tough, very tough. This wind makes it — makes it difficult. The fairways are firm so you really have to be shaping it the right way coming into those fairways. Most often than not the wind is going in the opposite direction. You have to hit some good golf shots out there. -2016
Q. You played here a bunch as a junior and amateur?
JUSTIN THOMAS: Played two, I think — I played three junior events here, Southern Amateur here and last year. -2016
Q. We’ve seen you on the leaderboard on the Tour. Do you feel the win is getting close?
GRAHAM DELAET: I feel this is a golf course I can do it on. You can’t fake it around this place. You have to be hitting it solid. It’s all about rolling in a few putts. It’s a little bit hard to make anything outside much of 10, 15 feet because the greens are slower than what we’re used to. Going to the weekend trying to get the ball to the hole. I finally did that on 15, which made a long one. -2016
Q. This golf course is a ball striker’s course. You’ve been one of the better ball strikers on Tour. You got to be licking your chops coming here. Let me putt a little bit.
GRAHAM DELAET: Exactly. I feel like this is a good golf course for me for sure. You can’t make it around this place, you have to be hitting it solid. Coming into the greens you got to hit it kind of in the right spot, not quite as much this year because they’re not as fast as they normally are.
I fell like this is a good golf course for me to get my first win. -2016
Q. The resurfacing of the greens. What were they like out there today?
CHARLEY HOFFMAN: The greens probably need another year to be really good. The fairways were unbelievable in comparison to last year. We picked up a lot of mud balls. The fairways are unreal. The conditioning of the course is a major improvement. Hopefully a lot better for many years to come with Valspar. -2016
Q. On a windy day, this golf course with a clean card, that’s really being in control.
CHARLES HOWELL, III: When we started it was blowing pretty good and there’s — yeah, there’s no way I thought we would get out there without any bogies. I think towards the end the wind calmed a bit. We probably got the better end of the draw today. It’s not usual that the wind lays down sometime in the afternoon here but today I think it did a little bit. -2016, R1
MARK STEVENS: Henrik Stenson, going to make your first start here at the Valspar Championship. Just completed the Pro-Am. Kind of give your opinion on the course and your thoughts coming into the week.
HENRIK STENSON: Yeah. It’s always good to come to see new places, new courses and I think this one will suit my game pretty well if I can play well.
It’s a course where you position yourself off the tee quite a lot, you have to lay back unless you really want to try and thread a few of the tee shots out there.
So, quite a few 2-irons and 4-woods, 3-woods off the tee and little bit longer irons into the greens which are pretty small and kind of sits at an angle towards you quite a lot so you want to try to keep it underneath the hole because I can only imagine the kind of quick putts you can get if you end up in the wrong place or chipping from the wrong place. -2015
Q. Coming from a difficult golf course last week to this week do you change your game plan at all because of the style of play is so much different?
HENRIK STENSON: Yeah. It’s a bit of a relief. It’s not as much water around the greens. I mean Doral with those crosswinds and you just know if you wing it a little bit, you let one go in the wind it’s going to go swimming.
It a little bit easier in that sense. But then again you got to keep the ball in the right place here because you can get some slick putts and if you miss it on the wrong side, it’s going to be tough.
But there’s definitely little bit more leeway. You can stand on an approach shot with a 5-iron, I want to hit it here but if it doesn’t quite work out it’s fine if the wind just takes it a bit more in that spot to the left of the green there I got a fairly easy chip. -2015
Q. Do you enjoy a course like this where you leave the driver in the bag on some holes?
JORDAN SPIETH: Yeah, certainly. The driver was out — I felt like I hit driver — the ball is not rolling through the fairways right now. For whatever reason, it’s a little softer out there. You actually hit driver on some holes. We were going over that. You can hit driver — depending on which direction the wind is coming from, you either hit a lot of drivers or hardly hit any.
Yeah, something that’s challenging. The course plays longer than the yardage, no doubt about it. But I enjoy the challenge. You really have to be in the fairway out here and so whatever it takes to put it there, whether it’s driver or you got to go back to a hybrid or 2 iron. -2015
Q. With this tournament being in the middle of the Florida swing, just less than a month before The Masters, do you feel like this tournament, that could really jump start somebody’s year, especially some of the lesser known players like the past couple years?
JORDAN SPIETH: I think so, definitely. This course, like I just mentioned, it’s a very difficult golf course compared to if — on a scale, it’s definitely tougher than average.
If you see guys that come out and play well here, they’re likely to play well on the harder courses and the bigger tournaments just because that kind of course suits their game more, I guess.
You have to work the ball both ways here. It requires all sorts of shots, punch shots, launching it in the air and obviously some discipline on the greens. -2015
Q. This course is a ball striker’s golf course. When somebody says that, what does that mean to you guys?
JORDAN SPIETH: Well, it can mean two things. Very tough to hit fairways and greens, or it can mean that the greens are not as severe.
I think both are kind of true here. The greens aren’t very severe here. They’re grainy and certainly they can be very quick in certain places where they can put pins but they’re not going to be greens where you really, really worry too much about your speed control. You can be aggressive putting out here which is nice. -2015
Q. John, it seems like the history of this tournament there’s a lot of veteran players have won it, guys in their late 30s or 40s, whatever, including yourself.
Does it take a sense of maturity to go around this course for four rounds?
JOHN SENDEN: I think so. I think you need to play pretty solid golf to do well around here because it’s narrow in spots, the greens are smaller. You know, it’s a very strategic golf course.
I think you see players that say the veteran players win around here because it’s not totally a bomber’s golf course. Doral probably is. This place is not. It’s narrow. It’s different. It’s got sort of shorter golf holes than, say, Doral.
You can actually — if you’re smart around here you can actually do really well. If you try to sort of tear it apart by bombing it, it’s much more narrow than probably Doral. Doral visually looks — all you see is the bunkers. Here you see more tree line. Even if you do lay it back a little bit here you can still score well. -2015
Q. Shawn, another really solid round of golf. You like this golf course, don’t you?
SHAWN STEFANI: For some reason it kind of fits my eye. I like golf courses with trees that are lining the fairways and stuff. It’s just got a good feel to it. You got the big oaks with the moss and stuff, just kind of, you know, gives me good vibes so I like it here and it’s a nice to get off to a good. -2015
Q. Kevin, obviously you’ve done a great job last couple of days playing well. What is it about this golf course that you just seem to love so much?
KEVIN STREELMAN: Suits my eye really well off the tee. I putted really well here. I kind of watched an old tape from the final two rounds when I had last two weeks off and kind of remembered something I was doing in my putting that week and kind of clicked this week as well. Keep giving myself looks. Have a chance on Sunday. -2015
Q. Do you like the layout of this course?
SEAN O’HAIR: I love it. You got to hit a lot of different types of tee shots and you can hit a variety of shots in the greens and, like I said yesterday, it’s just really demanding. It expects everything out of your game.
This is a course that you can hit some really good shots and you get some bad breaks and, you know, being in the rough on — around the greens and you got to have everything. You got to have your short game and got to have a putter and that’s what I love. I love tough courses like this. It brings out in the best in me, I think. -2015
Q. What is it about the golf course that’s so — being an ex player, I’m not a Florida fan at all. This golf course is the best by far. It might be in the Top-5 on the entire PGA TOUR even though it’s top in Florida.
What is it that you like so much about it?
KEVIN STREELMAN: I think it’s shot playability. You hit everything from 4-iron to driver off the tees, shape them both directions.
You have par-5s you can go for and some you lay back. You’ve got par-3s. You have to be so exact where you leave it. There’s no let up out there and so — but it’s very fair at the same time. -2014
Q. What is it about this place? Why does it feel comfortable for you?
JORDAN SPIETH: I just think the layout is great. It’s a ball striker-type golf course. I think that you need to work the ball both ways off the tees and be smart. Trees overhang some of the sides of the fairways and so you really need to be able to work the ball around and hit them high and low.
I know tomorrow we’re going to get some 20, 30-mile an hour winds so it’s going to play difficult and the greens out here are tricky. They don’t seem very difficult to putt on but the slight, little subtle grain changes make all the difference in speed and lines. -2014
Q. I think you won the Southern Amateur here, right? What do you remember about that week?
HARRIS ENGLISH: I was staying with one of my buddies from high school, and we had a great week. I guess I just graduated from college. I remember shooting 66 in the last round to win. I’ve had some good memories from this golf course. I finished 7th last year. It’s treated me well. -2014
Q. Woodland won here, you played-off here and now you lead the bomber as it relates to the Copperhead course.
Is it because you can hit a lot of 3-irons off the tee?
ROBERT GARRIGUS: That plays a little bit into it. The week Woodland won he made everything inside of ten feet. I’m doing the same thing. I’ve missed a couple. I’m rolling the putts in I’m supposed to roll in. I’m thinking well and that’s a huge deal when you have a golf course that is very difficult, the tee shots are very hard. You got a lot of crosswinds, the wind is swirling, stuff like that. I can hit 3-iron a lot but you also got to make the putts. -2014
JORDAN SPIETH: Yeah, I played yesterday afternoon. I played this course in an AJGA junior all?star championship back when I was 14, 15 years old, and it was a monster for me back then. And it’s nice to, some of these holes, I’m able to hit irons instead of driver, 3?wood into the par 4s stuff like that. The course is pure.
It was nice to play it last night with nobody else on the course. And you know, I’m excited. It’s the kind of golf course that I think is a great fit for me, similar to Texas bermuda, it’s overseed on the greens and I felt comfortable on it yesterday. -2013
Q. You said this course suits your game; what kind of game does it take to play out here?
JIM FURYK: Well, I think I’m comfortable, one, on a lot of tree-lined fairways, you have to hit some good drives to put the ball in the fairway. The greens are small and some of them have quite a bit of slope on them.
So you’re playing a lot of breaking putts and diving the ball into the hole. It’s similar to the style of golf course I grew up on. This doesn’t really look like your stereotypical Florida golf course. It’s not flat. There are not houses on both sides of the fairways.
You know, right now, we’re in kind of an overseeded period here, so we are almost dealing with grass you would see up north. We are dealing with the rye and overseed, which I like playing on, as long as they are dry conditions, you can get it nice and firm and fast, which is fun to play on. That’s a start.
Like I said, you have to hit some shots to put the ball in the fairway, just not going to tee it up and bomb it here. You have to think your way around and play to certain spots of the fairway and hit some crisp iron shots and hit some greens here because there’s a lot of them that aren’t very deep from back to front or very big from left-to-right, so the green complexes are small. -2013
Q. Is this one of those courses that you either generally play well or you like to play, that you enjoy? Is this one of the courses that you look forward to?
BRENDAN STEELE: It really is. You know, I’ve only played it once and I missed the cut. But I missed the cut by a couple shots my rookie year and then last year I didn’t play because I played four in a row leading up to Augusta. And so I was excited to come back this year.
It’s a little bit more of a West Coast style course, which is strange in Florida, a little bit more elevation change. The overseed makes it a little bit more comfortable, less grain.
So I think you’ll see maybe a few more West Coast guys play well here, than you will at, say, like a Honda or a Bay Hill/ or at least the guys that are younger can pick it up a little faster than THE PLAYERS or something like that where there’s a lot of grain and a lot of knowledge and guys have to spend a lot of time trying to figure it out, especially if you’re not from Florida. -2013
Q. This is a time when you normally play well; is there any particular reason for it?
JASON DUFNER: Yeah, starting to get some rounds under my belt. Did a little different thing this year, went overseas early in the year and came back a little bit tired after that. I’ve been working to try and get feeling better and playing a little bit more here in the States.
So, you know, I always seem to play well down here in Florida. I grew up down here, so I was pretty comfortable playing down here. -2013
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2016: Course received an overhaul before the 2016 edition, with all 18 greens being relaid with TifEagle Bermuda. Golfers noted they played much slower than in years past, and many had troubles adjusting to the speeds.