Rory McIlroy was unimpressed with TPC River Highlands despite shooting 18 under at the Travelers Championship. The course was deemed obsolete due to technological advancements and its lack of challenge. McIlroy suggested growing the rough and creating tricky conditions to improve the course but acknowledged that soft conditions lead to high-scoring games when the best players are involved.
Cesar Brioso; June 26, 2023
After shooting 18 under at the Travelers Championship, Rory McIlroy was … unimpressed by TPC River Highlands.
McIlroy finished tied for seventh as Keegan Bradley won in Cromwell, Connecticut at 23 under.
“Unfortunately technology has passed this course by, right,” McIlroy said after Sunday’s final round. “It sort of has made it obsolete, especially as soft as it has been with a little bit of rain that we had.
“Like the conversations going back to, you know, limiting the golf ball and stuff like that, when we come to courses like this they just don’t present the challenge that they used to.”
TPC River Highlands (6,852 yards) is the second-shortest course on the PGA Tour this season, behind Port Royal, which hosts the Butterfield Bermuda Championship on Nov. 9.
Rickie Fowler and Denny McCarthy each shot 60 during the Travelers. Patrick Cantlay added a 61.
Asked if there was a solution for TPC River Highlands, McIlroy said:
“You can grow the rough up and hope you get some firm conditions so it gets tricky. I think the blueprint for a really good golf course isn’t growing the rough up and making the fairways tight. That bunches everyone together. The blueprint is something like LACC where you have wide targets, but if you miss it’s penal. This isn’t that sort of golf course. It’s not that sort of layout. It doesn’t have the land to do that.
“So, you know, unfortunately when you get soft conditions like this and you’ve got the best players in the world, this is what’s going to happen.”
Golfweek contributed to this report.
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