Posted August 08, 2012 on
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Think all grasses are the same? Not for the world's best golfers at the PGA Championship. Many won't be sure what they're facing with The Ocean Course's paspalum surfaces.
The course was covered with seashore paspalum grass in 2003 because of upkeep problems caused by its next-door neighbor, the Atlantic Ocean.
World No. 1 Luke Donald wasn't sure he'd ever played paspalum surfaces on the PGA Tour before.
Count Rory McIlroy, the 2011 U.S. Open champion, among those with an edge. He says he practices on the surface often at The Bear's Club in Florida and loves how the paspalum grabs his approach shots, allowing him to aggressively fire at pins.
Tiger Woods likes the grass' hearty nature in rainy conditions like those here this week.
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