Muirfield should be playing firm, fast at British Open

Tiger Woods, who took time off to rest his injured left elbow, returns to action at the British...

Tiger Woods, who took time off to rest his injured left elbow, returns to action at the British Open this week. (Adam Hunger/Reuters/Files)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:02 PM ET

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - The story for this year's British Open championship, at least for the early part of the week, is going to be the weather.

There's a heat wave going on here.

"This is too hot for us," said Dave, the gentleman from whom we're renting our accommodations in nearby Haddington for this year's Open Championship. "We're not used to this."

It was 30C in nearby Edinburgh Friday.

The all-time high temperature in Scotland was 32.9C in August, 2003.

Projections for this week are for temperatures in the mid-20s. If Muirfield is anything like Gullane Golf Club No. 1, which is right next door, it means Muirfield should be playing firm and fast this week.

That's a big difference from last year's championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes which was sodden after a wet spring and was robbed of much of the quality of links golf, which ideally features firm, fast turf.


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