Wide fairways and soft greens are a deadly combination when you're trying to keep some of the best golfers in the world from going low.

Wide fairways and soft greens are a deadly combination when you're trying to keep some of the best golfers in the world from going low.

And Atunyote Golf Club has had both during this week's Turning Stone Resort Championship.

At the beginning of the tournament, most predictions of the winning score ranged from 10- to 15-under par. The only prediction that is remotely close is that of John Rollins, who won the B.C. Open Presented by Turning Stone last July at Atunyote at 19-under par.

"I think it'll be around the same as last year," Rollins said on Tuesday. "Anywhere from 15- to 20-under par."

Steve Flesch, who has a four-stroke lead heading into today's final round, and is on track to post a number in the low- to mid-20s, said the 160 yards added to the course in preparation for the tournament doesn't make much difference.

"You know, I don't care how long you make it. When the fairways are as wide as they are, guys are still swinging for the fences out there," he said.

"I mean we've got 50-yard wide fairways this week. Some of them might be wider than that. And a lot of the new tees that they added put the bunkers out of play for me. I mean, it's 305, 310 yards to some of the fairway bunkers now. If the tees were up 20 yards where they probably were last year ? then I'd have to worry about them because they'd be 285, 290 - that's kind of my range. So some of them on the side of the fairways I'm driving down anyway are out of play.

Add in the soft greens and most pins are a green-light special.

"The biggest thing is the greens are still soft. That's why you're seeing all those low scores. When you have generous fairways and soft greens - I mean guys are ripping it right in there."

Add in ideal weather to the wide fairways and soft greens and the course is defenseless against the barrage of birdies. Friday's second-round scoring average of 69.882 was the fourth-lowest on tour this season. The Buick Open at Torrey Pines North was first at 69.154.

Not even Saturday's winds that gusted up to 25 mph during the afternoon could keep the scores around par, as several players recorded rounds of 6-under or better on the rolling hills of Tom Fazio's layout. Parker McLachlin had the round of the day, shooting a 7-under-par 65. Flesch, despite the wind howling in addition to the pressure of leading and playing in the last group, still managed to carve his precision irons close to the pins on Atunyote's perfect greens.

At last year's PGA Professional National Championship and B.C. Open Presented by Turning Stone, numerous approaches landing on the back of the green, would bound into the rough.

Not this week, where most players are pin hunting.

Other elements adding to the low scoring are the temperatures and the trueness of the greens.

"They're perfect, Flesch said. "You get your putt online and it's going to go in. They're absolutely perfect. But I'm surprised the Tour staff has kept them as soft as they have, because that's why you're seeing the low scores."

Atunyote is not alone. The winning score in the past two weeks was 23-under at The Tour Championship and 22-under at the BMW Championship.