British Open Tee Positions May Be Moved Forward Because of Wind Forecast

British Open organizers may move some tee positions forward because of high winds forecast for tomorrow’s opening round.

Gusts of up to 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour are forecast for Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England, according to the U.K.’s Met Office. That may prevent golfers from reaching some fairways and long par-3 holes.

“We do have some wind issues out there which may, dependent on wind direction, make some of the very back tees difficult to reach fairways from,” Peter Dawson, chief executive officer of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, said in a news conference. “So we have told the players that we may move some tees up, depending on wind conditions.”

The par-5, 564-yard seventh hole and the par-3, 243-yard 11th hole may be candidates to have tees moved, Dawson said. Tee shots on No. 7 must carry about 220 yards to the fairway, while Phil Mickelson said yesterday he came up short at the 11th with his driver in practice.

Dawson said players were invited to practice off forward tees the past three days.

“Now if the wind turns around, it’s a completely different story,” he said. “But I think players should be able to reach the fairway and reach the par-3s, frankly.”

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