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VAN SICKLE: Pete Dye had the chance to build America's best links course, but he didn't do it. You build a course exposed to the ocean, where it's windy most of the year, but you design the holes so nobody can play a low shot into the green. It doesn't make sense.
MORFIT: The course was supposed to be less exposed and play behind the dunes, but Pete's wife, Alice, said, Look at all the views you could have if the course was raised. Lo and behold, it became more exposed.
BAMBERGER: We view these courses as if we were playing them ourselves. The TV and Tour officials don't. There's nothing exciting about Lytham, but it has made for great golf. Kiawah feels so manufactured. You could say the same of Harbour Town, which is a total pleasure.
VAN SICKLE: They aren't golf tournaments anymore, they're TV shows. I don't think it's a good layout, but I guarantee the Ocean course will look great from the blimp. That's probably what is important to the governing bodies. That and maximizing profits.
BAMBERGER: The Ocean course made for a great Ryder Cup in '91. Anytime you have a course where things can go wrong makes for a great tournament. The negative is, it encourages copycat design. That's a downside of Pete Dye's legacy, and it has been bad for architecture and how long it takes to play a round of golf.
VAN SICKLE: I was at Kiawah for the Senior PGA in 2007, but most of us haven't been there since the '91 Ryder Cup. What was your favorite War by the Shore moment?
MORFIT: It's hard to remember any image beyond Mark Calcavecchia looking so stricken, like a poster for The Blair Witch Project. All the color drained from his face after his horrifying finish against Colin Montgomerie, which he feared would cost the U.S. the Ryder Cup. It's hard to forget something that horrendous.
GARRITY: I was about to say Hale Irwin scooping his chip shot on the final hole of the final match, which nobody remembers because Bernhard Langer then missed his famous putt. But my real fave moment was Paul Azinger calling Johnny Miller "the biggest moron in the booth," and then taking it back the next day by saying that he had been misquoted, that he had actually called Miller "the biggest Mormon in the booth."
ANONYMOUS PRO: I remember the sheer tension of watching Langer hit that last putt. As an American, you didn't want him to make it but as a human being, you didn't want him to have to deal with missing it.