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Long and short of Pebble

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – At most championships the conversation is supposed to be about the players, not the golf course. At the 110th U.S. Open it’s only about the golf course, at least two laps into the national championship.

On Saturday U.S. Golf Association officials gave players plenty to think about with some set-up changes. As expected, the par-4 fourth hole has been shortened to 290 yards in an attempt to prompt players to drive the green. While the par-3 seventh hole, already the shortest in Open history, has been shortened to 99 yards.

It’s clear the course was set up for speed, not comfort on Saturday, as many players are already under par including Davis Love III who is 4 under through 13 holes.