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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 291
THE MOMENT Rough times ahead THE ‘toughest test in golf’ returns to Shinnecock Hills this week, and the USGA will once again attempt to find the right balance between brutal and entertaining golf. Officials failed spectacularly when Shinnecock last hosted the championship in 2004, with greenskeepers watering putting surfaces during the final round. Since then, however, the New Jersey club has undergone an extensive renovation under the guidance of designers Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, which saw fairways widened and bunkers brought closer to the ideal playing lines from the tee. But, in preparation for this week’s championship, the USGA removed seven of the 50 acres of fairway and replaced it with fescue rough to “tighten” the course. Not only has the added rough narrowed the fairways, it has also left fairway bunkers surrounded by long grass; making some redundant. "I know it is a fine line between testing the best players to the greatest degree and then making it carnival golf," said Mickelson, who finished second in 2004. The European Tour posted this interesting Tweet showing the depth of the rough at Shinnecock Hills. E
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