Firmness of greens 'reduced marginally' for Saturday

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GULLANE, Scotland – In the daily R&A briefing on golf course set up at the Open Championship, officials said they had hand watered Muirfield’s putting surfaces late Friday and that “firmness values of the greens have (been) reduced marginally.”

Keegan Bradley concurred with that assessment following a third-round 70.

“They for sure put a good amount of water on it,” said Bradley, who jumped to 38th place thanks to his 1 under card. “The greens are way slower today, there could be some scores out there.”

Statistically, Muirfield is playing much easier on Day 1. Through the early rounds the scoring average is 72.4 compared to Friday’s vicious 75.3 average.

“It would have gotten crazy if they didn’t (put water on them),” Bradley said. “A lot of the greens we were putting on had no grass.”