St Andrews Adds Extra Yards for 2005 Open


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) -- The Old Course at St. Andrews will be lengthened by 160 yards for the 2005 British Open.
Peter Dawson, secretary of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, said the course will be extended to 7,275 yards and feature seven new tees -- including the longest hole in the championship rota.
Work will start this month on a series of changes to bring hazards back into play at the home of golf. The course will be lengthened by 2 percent over the 7,115 yards for the 2000 British Open, which was won by Tiger Woods.
``We're not looking for the course to become a big hitter's paradise -- far from it,'' Dawson told The Scotsman newspaper. ``We're not trying to change the character of the course. We just want to reinstate the old decisions the players had to make.''
``You simply can't move a bunker here or there on the Old Course,'' he added. ``All that leaves is to move tees. We shifted six tees at the 2000 Open and these latest changes are on a par with what happened last time.''
Dawson insisted the introduction of new tees was not an attempt to make the course more difficult for Woods, who didn't find a single bunker in 2000.
``Let's be clear, we're not trying to Tiger-proof the links,'' Dawson said. ``If he does it again and stays out of the bunkers, that would be wonderful.''
Tees will be switched at the second, fourth, ninth, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th holes. The most significant change will be at the 14th, where the tee will be moved back 35 yards to extend the hole to a whopping 616 yards.
``Even with just a wee bit of breeze in your face this one is going to be a real cracker,'' Dawson said.
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