Ames criticizes 'horrendous' course

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The layout he loves, the conditions he could do without.

Even though Stephen Ames parred the course during yesterday's second round at the Bell Canadian Open, which on any other PGA course is more like 3-under, the often outspoken Calgarian couldn't help but take a shot at the tough terrain.

"I think the fairway rough is fair, it's even and it's not patchy like it is around the greens. But around the greens ... horrendous as far as I'm concerned," said Ames about Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.

"Just give us some consistency, there's no consistency whatsoever. It's just pure luck. All of (the holes) are horrible as far as I'm concerned."

On one hand, the 42-year-old said Shaughnessy is possibly the best layout he's ever played in Canada. But, on the other, he can't help but think some wrong decisions were made when Shaughnessy was awarded the Canadian Open after 39 years.

"When you talk to the owners and the club director, they know they've got a problem because they've got five or six different grasses growing around the greens," explained Ames.

"Considering they had so many years to do this ... the grass is so thin, it's dead underneath."

Paired with Chris DiMarco and Ben Crane, Ames had no problem with Crane, who was criticized by Rory Sabbatini at the Booz Allen Classic in July for his slow play.

"Ben's gotten a lot better overall. His pace of play is a lot quicker," said Ames, shouting so Crane could overhear his comments. "Ben's problem was he just couldn't pull the trigger but he's gotten a hell of lot quicker than the last time I played with him."


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