Sir Nick Faldo was honored at Firestone Country Club Wednesday night as an Ambassador of Golf. Before the ceremony, Faldo spoke about how Bridgestone used to play compared with its difficulty today, and also touched on the issue of the
"Back in the real day it was long," he said. "With persimmon woods and balata golf balls, this course was a brute.
"It's a definite advantage if you've got a bit of the yips going on," he said on the belly-putters. I'm on the side that it shouldn't be anchored to your body, because it's a golf swing. It's not a golf hinge."
Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Luke Donald and Ernie Els (among others) all spoke on Wednesday during the last practice round day before The Bridgestone Invitational kicks off at Firestone South tomorrow morning.
Els, following his fourth major title at The Open Championship two weeks ago, spoke about winning a major at age 42.
"Stats are against you at this age," Els said. "But I think the 40-somethings have really proven themselves through the years. You can go back to Mark O'Meara, you can even go further back to Ray Floyd, you can go back to Hale Irwin, you can go back to Ben Hogan.
"Vijay Singh, myself, Darren Clarke...you're talking about quite a few guys in their 40s who have won majors. I know you guys [the media] like to write us off, but the game of golf is such that you can get lucky every now and again, and I definitely got lucky the other day."
Els will tee off tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. on the 10th tee.
Luke Donald, currently ranked as the No. 1 golfer in the world, says he's doesn't view the world golf rankings any differently now that Tiger Woods has taken over the No. 2 spot.
"I don't see any difference," Donald said. "All I can do is go out there and control what I can control...But obviously I've got a lot of great players behind me, including Tiger. He's certainly starting to play a lot better."
Donald says he's playing better and is hoping to do more than just contending at Firestone South. Last year, he finished second to Scott.
Donald will start tomorrow at 10 on No. 10 with Phil Mickelson.
Woods likes the set-up of the PGA Tour Schedule with The Bridgestone preceding the PGA Major Championship, to be played next week.
"Having back-to-back championships like this, it's a positive thing," he said. "We used to have it on the back end after the PGA, and some of the guys were sometimes a little bit burnt out, a little bit fried from playing a PGA Championship. But this is exciting for us to all be togther like this and get ready for a big week this week, and again, an even bigger week next week."
Woods will tee off from No. 1 at 1:50 with Branden Grace of South Africa.