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Heineken Classic 2004 - Event Preview
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Stuart Appleby predicts low scoring at Heineken Classic

Stuart Appleby feels a magical 59 could be possbile at this week's Heineken Classic.

Ernie Els, shot a 12-under-par 60 last year on his way to a 3rd consecutive victory in the event.

Tournament officials have tried to protect the famous course from such scoring by converting the par-5 10th into a par 4, reducing par to 71.

"It would be sad if someone came in and shot 59 around here," said Appleby, who won the Mercedes Championship in Hawaii in January. "It would be sacrilege because that's not what Royal Melbourne is all about. But you could do it.

"I would like to watch the highlight reel of that round," he added. "There would be some awesome putting, you would have to put the dots off it and eat up the par fives with at least a couple of eagles."

Appleby supported the change to the 10th and would like to see more holes lengthened..

"I think it's a smart choice to make it a par 4," Appleby added. "I don't want to hit an 8-iron into a par 5. Lengthen holes and make them play based on the wind, that's how you really use a trap."


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