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Plodders' Top 10:
Jaime Diaz
June 12, 2000
1. Pine ValleyYes, it's stunning and reasonably roomy, but it's too severe.
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June 12, 2000

Plodders' Top 10:

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1. Pine Valley
Yes, it's stunning and reasonably roomy, but it's too severe.

2. Oakmont
The deep rough discourages shotmaking.

3. Carnoustie
Point-to-point plodders ruled last year's British Open.

4. TPC at Sawgrass
What do you call a place where Hal Sutton has an advantage over Tiger Woods?

5. Bellerive
A charmless slog that asks for one straight shot after another, which is why the 1965 Open and the '92 PGA were duds.

6. Medinah
Too many holes look alike.

7. Hazeltine
I find it difficult to remember any of the holes, save for the picturesque 16th.

8. Butler National
One of the best-conditioned courses ever to hold a Tour event, the Western Open, but it produced uninspiring winners.

9. Valderrama
Caters to singles hitters, which explains why the less talented Europeans defeated the U.S. in the '97 Ryder Cup.

10. PGA National
The '87 PGA, won by Nelson, was the most stultifying major in recent memory. Water everywhere makes risk-taking taboo.