The course was founded in 1936 by Marvin Leonard and has hosted numerous major amateur and professional tournaments over the years. It is one of the few courses in this part of the USA that has "bent" grass greens. Combined with the small size and undulating surfaces it makes hitting your approach shots close a challenge, especially if the wind blows, like the weather forecast has been predicting.
Short siding yourself is not a good idea around here as the landing area from the bunkers and grass hollows around the green will always be downhill and this makes stopping your recovery shot almost impossible. The majority of winners like last years winner Zac Johnson are straight drivers of the ball, able to hit their approach shots with excellent distance control and are in the top ten in the scrambling category. The rough has been lowered this year so scores should be low if the weather does not interfere too much.
In fact John Senden, Greg Chalmers and Rod Pampling also call Dallas home and with the other Aussies playing Mark Leishman, Nathan Green we could possibly have another Aussie winner. Australians that have won here in the past are Ian Baker-Finch and Bruce Devlin more straight drivers and great iron players!
"The players who are patient and don't allow frustration to creep into their game will put themselves in position to do well this week."
Michael's regular caddy Matthew "Bussy" Tritton will have his work cut out on and off the course. The bag will be loaded up with at least 3 towels, extra gloves, tour umbrella (these add weight) to the already heavy tour bag, extra food snacks and sandwich's in case of delays. Keeping the grips dry throughout the round will be the ultimate task apart from calculating the correct distance for each shot and working out exactly where the wind is blowing from!
And you thought the caddy just carried the bag...
On the subject of caddies the gossip from the Tour this week is that Adam Scott and Tony Navarro have parted ways after 8 years. Adam has got Mick Doran a British caddy on the bag and I will keep you up to speed on how that working relationship develops. Watched Adam putting with the broomstick putter and he looks good and is putting with heaps more confidence then previously.
Tomorrow the first round begins and I believe the winning score will be between 16 to 20 under depending on the weather.
Good Golfing from the Tour
David Milne from Colonial Country Club - Fort Worth Texas