The course, never long, is in fantastic shape, thanks to so much rain and a summer that finally arrived. The greens are fast enough to excite a skilled a putter and fast enough to depress a bad one.
What else do you want?
As it turned out, Thursday was a great day to play the course.
The Fourth of July, the venerable layout was none too busy while, presumably, most of the local golf community hung with family, celebrating the birth of a nation.
The wind wasn’t blowing much, play was quick, there was nothing not to like. Today, Saturday and Sunday may be wonderful, but also very different.
The course will be flooded with golfers, playing all four of their majors at the same time, because when else does an amateur tee it up three consecutive days, put everything out and count every stroke?
Some will find their game. Many more will wonder where theirs went, for it is the nature of the beast, because 54 holes of playing everything as it lies and picking nothing up on the green is no picnic.
Also, for all the ups and downs, and every forgettable and embarrassing thing each player will encounter, none would have it any other way. Not really. That, too, is the nature of the beast.
The sport gives and takes, but the Westwood Invitational remains an event not to be missed.
Whatever it is about the game that demands we play, from the camaraderie of friends, to telling lies at the 19th hole, to the chance to see what you’ve got when the money and glory, however little, is on the line, it will be on display today, Saturday and Sunday.
It is the Westwood Invitational and there’s still nothing like it.
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