Golf fans have reacted on social media after GOLFTV posted a mind-blowing stastistic about the greens at both Pebble Beach and St Andrews, with a PGA Tour player suggesting it's false.
Pebble Beach and St Andrews are two of the most famous venues in golf and during the opening round of this week's PGA Tour event, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, an interesting statistic about the two was posted on Twitter by GOLFTV.
According to the broadcasting giants, Pebble Beach's greens are so small that all 18 of them fit onto the 18th green at Scotland's historic St Andrews.
Mind-blowing— GOLFTV (@GOLFTV) February 11, 2021
Every green on the front nine at Pebble Beach fits in the 18th green at The Old Course. pic.twitter.com/RF4EYAQrwY
If it is true it's certainly a mind-blowing fact, but former PGA Tour player Steve Elkington was quick to dismiss it: "Umm no," he said.
A golf fan then responded to his comment asking if it was "blatantly false", to which Elkington replied: "Well if the 18th green at St Andrew’s is 16,000 sq feet & Pebble greens average 4,000 sq feet, that means we’d need 9 greens under 2000 .. & I don’t know ONE green under 2 [thousand]."
Well if the 18th green at st Andrew’s is 16,000 sq feet & pebble greens average 4,000 sq feet , that means we’d need 9 greens under 2,ooo .. & I don’t know ONE green under 2— Steve Elkington (@elkpga) February 11, 2021
The tweet caused more golf fans to have their say on the post by GOLFTV and question its accuracy.
I don’t know about this one. The 18th at the Old Course is 16,000 square feet. Pebble’s greens are small but not 1800 square feet each. Maybe they fit in 5/13 green at the Old Course.— Ben Engleman (@EnglemanBen) February 11, 2021
golftv social media department realising they know they fucked up and its completely false, but the graphic too nice to delete and maybe everyone will just forget: pic.twitter.com/KLOfC0EnQE— orlando (@JOrlandoIV) February 12, 2021
They did this, and they were able to move all the greens back to California before this weeks tournament? That’s impressive— Jim Chese (@JimChezchez) February 11, 2021
Patrick Cantlay went on to take the first-round lead on Thursday, equalling the course record with a 10-under par round of 62, while Jordan Spieth continued his fine form with a 7-under par opening round.