Winning at Bethpage is pretty simple: hit the fairways long and straight, stay out of the rough and hit a lot of greens. Good things will come. And with 24-28-yard-wide fairways, the PGA of America is laying down the gauntlet a bit it would seem.
However, with the wet conditions at Bethpage and not much help to dry out the turf this week, the fairways will be wider than they look with a lack of roll side-to-side and front-to-back. The fairways will be closer to 30-34 yards wide, giving the more errant long hitters some cushion.
Something to consider when picking your teams this week.