Presidents Cup player reactions part 2: Hadwin, Scott & Schwartzel

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Adam Hadwin takes a minute with a sports network from his home nation, Canada, before talking with Golfdom about course conditions.

Adam Hadwin

“The greens are great. They’re very receptive but they’re rolling true but you can make a bunch of putts.”

“Course conditions are great. They’re a little softer compared to what I was expecting based on breeze and how nice it has been. I think the course is playing really well.”

“Every week we’re playing some of the best golf courses in the world in the best shape and this one is no different. It’s in great shape.”

Adam Scott

“The greens are pure and they’re pretty quick. I think the course is in such good shape, there’s a lot of birdies out there. Condition-wise you can put this course up against any.”

“I think all courses have a character and this course’s character is enhanced by the setting and the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. There’s something about that city that everyone romanticises and has such a history, and for this to be set right here it’s a good energy that comes over this way.”

“The bunkers are good. There’s unique, coarse sand here but they play very nicely. You can’t fault the condition of this golf course.”

“They’ve kept the rough short. I think they understand that it’ll be fun to see birdies this week.”

Charl Schwartel takes his turn on Liberty National’s driving range.

Charl Schwartzel

“The greens are phenomenal. They’re all great speed, and you can’t get a better roll than we’ll get this week. They’re perfectly firm. They’re a good combination that you can be aggressive but not overly aggressive. They’re really as good as you’re gonna get.

“I think it (the difficulty of the course setup) can go either way. If you play well you can get a really good score but there’s a lot of danger off the tee. If you put it in the fairway you’re going to make lots of birdies.”

“I think it (Liberty National) has a great feel. You have a beautiful view of the city and the golf course is in great shape. You always have a bit of wind that makes things interesting, and the greens give you a lot of contours. It’s not a straightforward course, you always have to think.”

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