LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- There was a sense out at Walt Disney World on Wednesday that it's not really a small world after all -- at least not in golf.
Not when the pitch-and-putt Magnolia Course is being stretched to 7,516 yards. Not when the fairways are wet and mud is caking up on the ball. Not when a tournament that used to be a working vacation ends up playing like a major.
"This is the Funai Classic," John Cook said after his practice round, "not the U.S. Open."
For years, traditionalists have been crying out for a need to see tour players hit long irons into greens. The irony is that it could come this week, at a venue associated with winning scores of 22 to 26 under. They must be trying to Ryan Palmer-proof it, after the rookie shot 62 on Sunday last year for a 266 total.