Jim Nantz: Bethpage Black won't be so vicious for PGA Championship

Dan Kilbridge, Golfweek
Published 10:57 a.m. ET May 9, 2019


Golfweek’s David Dusek visited Bethpage Black and confirms the rain has not affected the greens or fairway and is set for the 2019 PGA Championship.

Nick Faldo dug in for his first look at Bethpage Black ahead of the 2002 U.S. Open. He managed his way around the brutal layout at 5-over-par for the week, good for a T-5 finish.

The course didn’t play much easier in its second major, the 2009 U.S. Open, which Lucas Glover won at 4-under.

It took a certain amount of restraint to contend those weeks, the ability to recognize when it was time to focus on damage control. Faldo says he was able to do that when the course first hosted a major in 2002, playing what was then the longest layout in U.S. Open history at 7,214 yards.

Speaking on a conference call ahead of next week’s 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, Faldo was asked about the key to success at the first public course ever to host a U.S. Open.

“I remember if I missed a fairway on the (par-4s), I would then intentionally play for a five,” Faldo said. “Get it back in play, because it would always be a…

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