Saturday, August 29
Was Liberty National Better as a Munitions Dump?
Out here, guys bitch about everything. They even bitch about the ice cream.
−Ed Dougherty, former PGA Tour player
I WAS REMINDED OF the above quote (one of my favorites) from reading some of the pros’ comments about Liberty National Golf Club, site of this week’s The Barclays, the first of four FedEx Cup Playoffs events. Many are obviously not fond of Liberty National, including Tiger Woods, who suggested that Tom Kite designed the track before Kite had his eye surgery.
Maybe Liberty National does stink (no pun intended about the former munitions dump and petroleum tank farm); I really don’t know. Decontaminating the land and building a golf club with views of Lady Liberty and Manhattan seems laudable to me. Call me naïve, Pollyanish.
Players will say what they want, which is fine. And I won’t be able to relate. Nor will I have sympathy for their disappointment with “the green complexes” or other course features. How could I? They’re playing for a $7.5 million purse this week. The winner of the FedEx Cup will walk off with $10 mil.
As for me, I don’t have the luxury of bitching about the ice cream. I’m just glad if I get some.
Paul Goydos and Steve Marino share the 54-hole lead. Several players are within striking distance. Tiger is five back.
−The Armchair Golfer