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Woods, Others Call Rough At Lytham 'Unplayable' Ahead Of This Weekend's Open
Published July 17, 2012
IT'S NOT THAT BAD: In London, Ewan Murray wrote Royal & Ancient CEO Peter Dawson "defended the set-up of this year's Open Championship course" following the players' criticism. Dawson delivered a firm "no" when asked if conditions are unfair. Dawson: "The rough is up but the course is reasonably generous on width and most of the players seem happy with it, at least those I have spoken to, maybe 20 or so. It's nature. Some years we have a dry summer [and] you get wispy rough; in wetter warmish conditions you get thick rough and a softer course. We don't cut the rough other than the first and second cut." Dawson also played down the chance that the Open would fall victim to the wet British summer. Dawson: "We have rain, a wet week but we will cope with it. Our car park contingency is very strong. ... I am not sitting here saying we are not going to have a problem. We might. ... This course has proved itself to recover from rain very quickly" (GUARDIAN, 7/16).