When the President’s Cup starts on Thursday, expect to see the fastest greens ever seen in Tournament golf. Apparently Greg Norman has even pulled on the greenkeeper’s overalls a few times to help ensure Royal Melbourne’s putting surfaces are like “concrete”. Special machines are today injecting glycerine into the surfaces, to make them rock solid with blue lines are being painted down the sides for safety.
The theory is that the American Team will be ‘surprised’ when their balls bounce up in the air and way over the back of the green and this will propel the International Team to certain victory. Adam Scott and co have been busy practicing a new special shot where the ball lands short of the green and bounces on before rolling up to within inches of the flag. It is thought the American’s have never heard of this special shot and will be powerless to defend against it.
Royal's groundstaff director Morag Bellingham said, "Greg wants them like concrete. When Royal's greens are like concrete, they are the hardest greens in the world. Only the ones with the special shot will survive."
She added “You'd rather have a 30-footer uphill than a four-footer downhill” but was puzzled when I posed the question “what if you hit the 30 foot uphill putt four foot past, would you rather knock it back down 30 foot and try again? Would you not just be better off with the downhill four footer to start?”
More on this rock hard story as it breaks.