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October 30, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Asian pros worried WGC course 'too long'

Posted at 3:40 PM by Mark Dee | Categories: HSBC Champions, Truth & Rumors

As the PGA and European Tours wind down their seasons in the Far East, members of the Asian Tour are getting a shot to tee it up against golf's big boys. And that means big courses, like the 7,301-yard Olazabal Course at Mission Hills, China, which will host this week's WGC-HSBC Champions.

While playing against the best has many players excited, more than a few are intimidated by the length of the course they'll be playing on, according to Reuters:

"Some holes are too long," Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant said in a statement. "The greens are firm. When I hit my irons, the ball won't stop. It will be challenging for me."…

...With seven of the world's top 10 players competing this week, the $7 million tournament co-sanctioned by the European Tour will be tough enough but Thaworn was not alone in griping about the length of the course. Countryman Prom Meesawat, who tips the scales at over 100 kilograms and can give the ball a hefty whack, also had concerns about distance. "I need to improve my driving distance," said the player dubbed 'Big Dolphin'. "I figure I need another 20 yards more to compete."

Looks like Big Dolphin won't make a splash. But, for some other pros (*ehem-BubbaWatson-ehem*), 7,300 yards is child's play. The South Course at Torrey Pines -- the longest sea-level course on the regular PGA Tour -- comes in at over 7,600 yards.

The WGC-HSBC Championship tees off Nov. 1 in Guangdong, China.

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