Yes, the scores will go low, the players say. But the players who go lowest still will need to bring their A-games, they add.
“Cog Hill has a little bit harder green complexes,” Steve Stricker said Wednesday. “[It’s] a little bit more manufactured, a little bit tougher to get to some of the pin locations. Here, you can get to a lot of them. The scoring is going to be better here, but this is going to be a good test.”
“The back nine is stout,” Jordan Spieth said. “You’ll have wedge opportunities, but overall, it’s going to be difficult, especially if the wind blows.”
Funneling will allow players to channel shots close to the pin on some holes even on shots that aren’t hit at the pin, Tiger Woods said.
Henrik Stenson, Woods and Adam Scott, who are 1-2-3 in the FedEx Cup standings, will go off the 10th tee at 10:53 a.m. Thursday.
“I’m excited,’’ said Stenson, who won in Boston on Labor Day after finishing third at the PGA and second at the British Open. “I’ve got two of the best players in the world the first two rounds. It’s going to be full-on and full focus.’’
In another group of interest, Stricker, U.S. Open champion Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker will be right in front of Stenson-Woods-Scott at 10:42 a.m.
Going off the first tee at 11:48 a.m. Thursday will be Jordan Spieth, Keegan Bradley and Jason Day, a very skilled young trio.
Tiger Woods’ wins in Chicagoland: The 1999 and 2006 PGAs at Medinah; the 1997 and 1999 Western Opens at Cog Hill, and the 2007 and 2009 BMWs, also at Cog Hill.