Wednesday 16 January 2019

McGinley not trying to 'rough up' course

European captain Paul McGinley insists he has not "tricked up" the Ryder Cup course at Gleneagles, but admitted Mother Nature had played an unexpected role.

"The rough is a little thicker than we would have liked it, but I think that's down to the warm Scottish September that we've had, along with some heavy showers," McGinley said. "I haven't gone out of my way to trick things up."

As captain of the home side, McGinley has the right to set up the PGA Centenary Course as he sees fit, but promised that there would be no major surprises when play gets under way on Friday.

"I'd like to think I'm playing it very straight this week when it comes to the course set-up," the 47-year-old added. "I've aligned it very much with the set-up that we play on the European Tour.

"In general we have narrower fairways in Europe than you do on the PGA Tour, in general we have a little bit more rough and in general your greens are quicker and faster than we have on the European Tour.

US veteran Jim Furyk felt happy with the course after his practice round but was somewhat surprised.

The 44-year-old, who is playing his ninth Ryder Cup, said: "I kind of like the golf course to be honest with you. I feel like it's relatively straightforward, it's in front of you.

"I'm a little surprised by the set-up. I didn't expect to see eight-inch rough in spots out there, and it is overly thick and overly long in spots.

"I'm a little surprised by it but not sure if it favours one side or the other. It's just the golf course and we'll go play it."

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