Luke Donald: Long Courses Are Not “The Answer”


This past Sunday featured one of the more dramatic finishes the PGA Tour has seen in years when Jordan Spieth took down Daniel Berger in a playoff with an epic bunker hole-out and celebration to win the Travelers Championship. It was a far cry from the anti-climatic beatdown Brooks Koepka put on Erin Hills when he pounded it into submission at the U.S. Open the week before. 

Besides the fact one is a major, the one glaring difference between the two was the length of the course. TPC River Highlands played nearly 1,000 yards shorter, yet the winning score was higher. There’s a lesson to be learned here and former World No.1 Luke Donald articulated it perfectly. 


Donald didn’t play in the U.S. Open and missed the cut at the Travelers, but given his track record and $35 million plus in career PGA Tour earnings, he may have a point. 



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