Dry conditions on course lead to slow play at British Open

by | Jul 14, 2022 | Sports

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — The dry conditions at the British Open turned a beautiful day for golf into a long, long slog for many of the players.The moderate temperature and average wind Thursday on the east coast of Scotland combined to make the fairways lightning fast, which in turn made play ploddingly slow.“It’s quite stop-start, but I think St. Andrews is that way,” said Rory McIlroy, who was two strokes behind leader Cameron Young after a 6-under 66. “There’s a lot of criss-crossing and waiting on other greens and waiting on greens to clear because (of) the drivable par 4s.”The Old Course has many shared greens and even some shared fairways. The seventh hole, for instance, doglegs right across the middle of the 11th. Both pins are on the same green.Even the par 5s caused a bottleneck.“Got to 14, wait on the tee for a while,” said Max Homa, who played alongside Tiger Woods and U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick. “And then they said we were going to hit up on them, and they let us drive. So we hit our drive. Then when we got up there, we waited 20 minutes for them to hit, which meant we had to wait another 20 after that for us to hit. It was very bizarre.”The threesome with Woods, Fitzpatrick and Homa took more than six hours to complete 18 holes. And the time out on course didn’t seem to help any of them all that much.Woods finished with a 6-over 78, his second-worst round at the oldest major in golf — a tournament he has won three times. Fitzpa …

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