Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

GINN CHAMPIONSHIP NOTEBOOK; Weather a Reminder of Sawgrass

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

GINN CHAMPIONSHIP NOTEBOOK; Weather a Reminder of Sawgrass

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Byline: GARRY SMITS

PALM COAST -- More than one veteran of the days when The Players Championship was contested at Sawgrass Country Club in March likened Sunday's conditions at the Ginn Championship to those windy March days in Ponte Vedra Beach.

"Today was just as tough as some of those Sawgrass rounds," said Fuzzy Zoeller, who was the last player in the field to make a bogey at Ocean Hammock Golf Club in the final round. "It was like the old days when everyone would come [into the Sawgrass] locker room, sit in the barber chair and complain about how bad it was."

The winds had picked up considerably over the first two rounds and worsened as the day wore on. Gusts were clocked at higher than 40 mph.

The temperatures, around 70 in midmorning, also fell throughout the afternoon. The skies, partly cloudy when the first groups went off, turned gloomy.

Zoeller had the low round of the day with a 69.

Zoeller was 5 under through 16 holes before making bogey at Nos. 8 and 9 (he began his round at No. 10). All of his birdie putts were 10 feet or less.

"I hit the ball great today, given the conditions," Zoeller said.

When asked what his best shot was, he said: "Anytime I made contact."

NINE WAS A GRIND

The most difficult hole on the course was the par-4 ninth, which played directly into the northeast wind, with the players hitting to an uphill green.

The hole averaged 4.883 to the field, which was higher than two of the par-5s on the course (Nos. 2 and 10). There wasn't a birdie on the hole from the 77 players, with 24 pars, 41 bogeys, 10 double-bogeys and two scores worse than double.

Ponte Vedra Beach resident David Eger, who shot a commendable 73, compared the ninth hole Sunday, and in the final round last year, when he set the course record with a 64.

"Last year, I hit driver, and had an 87-yard sand wedge in," he said. "Today, I hit driver, 3-wood and I was still short. …

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