St. Andrews Unloaded

mulligan, 29 June 2005, Comments Off on St. Andrews Unloaded
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It’s hard to believe that the (British) Open Championship is only 2 weeks away. If you plan on going and haven’t made your travel arrangements yet, well … good luck.

In contrast to Augusta adding more difficulty, the Old Course at St. Andrews is getting at least one change to reduce some of the perceived unfairness of the infamous pot bunker on the Road Hole, No. 17. Story here. Yes, that’s the same pot bunker that David Duval got into in 2000 and almost never got out (taking 4 to get out).

By the looks of it, St. Andrews has now flattened the pot bunker and made the front embankment shorter by almost a foot, if not more. The bunker was made a bit more bowl shaped in the center, to help avoid balls getting stuck right next to the embankment. The R&A says, however, more balls should find their way into the bunker, with the changes. Yeah, but it will be easier to get out — which is not necessarily a bad thing, given the severity of the bunker in the recent past.

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