Are the greens at Bethpage Black unfair? Leader Sergio Garcia at 10-under didn’t think so, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t the hardest he’s ever seen.
“You thought the ball is going to stop 2 feet past the hole, and it went 6.”
Sergio went through putt after putt with the media after his round to give everyone a good idea of just how quick the fastest greens he’s played were rolling.
Nick Watney did the same, although there were a few putts he’d probably like to forget – namely the three he had on the 18th green
“When the greens are this fast, the balls will just go” “I thought my putt was a little uphill, but when I got to the other side of the hole, it turned out to be a little downhill.”
He held the lead for the better part of the day, but a rough stretch on the back 9 dropped him to -8, two behind Garcia. “The middle of the course is very difficult; I need to play that a little bit better tomorrow.”
Tiger Woods was within three of the leader Watney at one point, but eventually ended up at -1, +1 for the day. He said afterwards his back didn’t give him many problems, and he thinks he’s still in contention. You can hear more from Tiger below.
Many players fell hard from the top of the leaderboard, while many rose up the ranks like Kevin Stadler. It’s anyone’s win tomorrow; the greens are just about as unpredictable as the trade the Red Sox and Dodgers just pulled off.
“That’s what I’m talking about, feels good to be the west coast Yankees,” laughed Tiger.
Maybe tomorrow it’ll feel good to be at the top of the leaderboard.
Sergio talks about greens
Sergio on following birdie with bogey 3 times
Watney on the 18th green
Watney on what he needs to do to win
Tiger discusses the fast greens
Tiger talks about his back
Tiger speaks on his chances to win