Lee Westwood is puzzled by the course set-up at Medinah for this week's Ryder Cup
Last Updated: September 26, 2012 5:54pm
Lee Westwood: unimpressed by the Medinah course
Lee Westwood admits he is puzzled by the course set-up at Medinah for the Ryder Cup.
American captain Davis Love III does not like rough and wants to see lots of birdies and eagles to get the home fans excited.
"I've played here in America pretty much all year and I haven't seen a golf course that's had no rough down the side of the fairways and no rough around the greens," said Westwood, who shot a better-ball score of 59, 13 under par, alongside fellow Englishman Luke Donald in Tuesday's first practice round.
"This is not a golf course that either team is particularly used to and I can't see how it suits one team or the other to be perfectly honest.
"I would say the last time I played a golf course set up like this was The Belfry in 2002, and we set that up for ourselves.
"That's a weird one to me, but you have to do what you feel is right as a team captain for your team."
Westwood's teammate Sergio Garcia, who burst on to the scene by finishing second to Tiger Woods as a 19-year-old in the US PGA Championship at Medinah in 1999, was similarly unimpressed.
The 32-year-old also finished joint third here in the US PGA in 2006 and said: "It has changed a little bit again. Personally I liked it better in '99. I thought it was a better course. But I guess this is the way it's going.
"The course is playing different with pretty much no rough so there's not a lot of thinking when you get on the tee. You can pretty much hit it nice and hard, and even if you miss, pretty much every time you'll have a shot."