Stewart Cink Says Longer Hitters Have the Advantage This Week at the PGA Championship

August 9, 2012 – 8:00 am by Chris Fedor

For the players on the PGA Tour, they have one last shot at a major championship in 2012. The PGA Championship heads to the Ocean course at Kiawah Island this week and it looks like it could be a brutal test of golf. Not only will the game’s best be playing along the Atlantic Ocean, with water in play on numerous holes, but they could see potential windy conditions on a piece of grass that they aren’t used to seeing. If that is not enough, the rain has fallen lengthening a course that was already set to play extremely long to begin with. They call it Glory’s last Shot. When you combine major championship pressure with the test facing the players this week in South Carolina, the tournament could easily play out the way the 2012 PGA season has to this point: with unpredictable results.

Stewart Cink joined WCNN in Atlanta with Buck and Kincade to talk about the rain that has been falling at Kiawah Island prior to the PGA Championship, on the length and difficulty of the course, what kind of player the course set-up favors and if he thinks the branding of the PGA Championship as “Glory’s Last Shot” is accurate.

On the amount of rain that has been falling at Kiawah Island:

“I don’t think we’re going to see glory’s first shot if it doesn’t stop raining. Yeah it was raining. The weather is not too different than it is in Atlanta. It usually rains in the afternoons and the last couple of days we’ve had some morning thunder and lightning which is a little unusual but it is what it is. It’s something we have to deal with this week.”

On the length and difficulty of the course:

“It is and it’s probably some of the wider fairways we’ve ever played in a major but it’s really long. There’s a lot of holes that can be stretched out to right around 500 yard par fours and then the par threes are very, very long so the run offs along the green become a factor because you’re coming into greens with long irons. You just can’t control them as well so the greens play very small and if you just miss by a little margin you’re going to have a huge bank in front of you, really severe around some of the greens. Everybody has to deal with the same thing and you kind of know where not to hit it. It is definitely a present feature here, almost every shot.”

What kind of player the course set-up favors:

“Every raindrop that falls out there I think it just plays into the hands more of the guy that can carry it 290 or 300 and more. The farther you can carry it, you’re just going to take some trouble out of play and be able to come in with shorter irons into greens. It’s a really big course already and with all of this rain it’s really, really big. We’re talking driver and then four iron or driver and then five iron to a lot of par fours. Guys that hit the ball pretty far, in the top 25 percent of driving distance are not accustomed to. When you talk about some of the guys that can really move it and hit those clubs into par fours then the average players are coming in with woods. It’s just really, really long so the longer players I think have a huge, huge advantage here. Even more so than almost any other major I’ve ever seen.”

Whether branding the PGA Championship as “Glory’s Last Shot” is accurate:

“They’re branding it right. It is the last major and everyone is anxious to try to get on the list for this year but it’s also a good chance to springboard yourself into next season and pick up some valuable points. Everybody is in a different position in their career at this particular moment. There are some guys that are just trying to add to their major list and some guys trying to find some form that they haven’t been finding lately, like me.”

Listen to Stewart Cink on WCNN here

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