R&A adjusts course setup ahead of Round 3

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TROON, Scotland – Hoping to avoid the type of delay that plagued last year’s Open, the R&A announced Saturday that it did not cut or roll the greens before the third round in anticipation of wind gusts up to 30 mph.

After the setup staff reviewed the course and forecast early Saturday morning, certain hole locations and tees were also moved before the 81 players began their day at Royal Troon.

The greens were rolling at about 9 1/2 on the Stimpmeter.

The proactive move could be in response to what happened last year at St. Andrews, when the second round was delayed 10 hours because of high winds. The wind strengthened 10 to 15 percent more than the R&A anticipated and the course was deemed unplayable. As a result, The Open was pushed to a Monday finish for the first time since 1988.