FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) – Francesco Molinari would be one of the favorites at the PGA Championship on a dry Bethpage Black, but heavy rains have left the Italian wondering whether he will be at a disadvantage.
The soggy 7,459-yard, par-70 course is long enough at the best of times, and this week it will offer little roll once the ball hits the ground, thereby affording the power players an even bigger edge than usual.
Course - Wednesday - Molinari - Laughter
Asked to assess the course on Wednesday, Molinari provoked laughter when he said: “Long, very long and extremely long.
“You need to hit the fairways but even if you do there’s a long way to go. There are not many short holes.”
Molinari - Yards - Driver - Year - Tee
Molinari, who averages 289 yards with his driver this year, is not exactly short off the tee.
He will, however, likely find himself a good 30 or 40 yards behind defending champion Brooks Koepka more often than not when they play the first two rounds together, along with Tiger Woods in a high-profile threesome.
PGA - Championship - Molinari - Chance - Masters
The PGA Championship does offer Molinari a quick chance to bounce back after his Masters disappointment.
The Italian had one arm in the Green Jacket until he...
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