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Holy crap!  Nothing like a motocross race at the landfill.  Wonder what they did with all the junk cars?

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On 7/2/2018 at 3:16 PM, colin007 said:

This. Why on earth withdraw?? Just go get clubs and play.

Maybe he can rent some Pings at the pro shop for like 60 pounds.

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That’s the brownest I’ve ever seen Carnoustie. Guess they’ve had a dry summer over there and from the forecast, it could be warmer than your typical Open. 

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Tiger needs to just leave that driver home. Stick with the 3w. Now I don’t know the stats on his fairways hit with driver vs 3w but I just worry that driver is more likely to cause problems.

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2 hours ago, Vinsk said:

Tiger needs to just leave that driver home. Stick with the 3w. Now I don’t know the stats on his fairways hit with driver vs 3w but I just worry that driver is more likely to cause problems.

At the very least, I hope he has looked into the statistics of those two.  Or at least, which club off the tee gives him the most strokes gained.  I would hope someone with his resources would employ a statistician and I assume several do.

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8 hours ago, ChrisP said:

That’s the brownest I’ve ever seen Carnoustie. Guess they’ve had a dry summer over there and from the forecast, it could be warmer than your typical Open. 

A little north of where I am at, but it's been exceptionally dry here in England, and probably much the same over the border in Scotland. No rain for weeks now, my local course (Heathland) is bone dry, and ball is running on miles. If it doesn't rain this week and next it will suit a player who's good with long irons and from sand.

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8 hours ago, Shindig said:

At the very least, I hope he has looked into the statistics of those two.  Or at least, which club off the tee gives him the most strokes gained.  I would hope someone with his resources would employ a statistician and I assume several do.

Hopefully yes. He certainly won’t get any advice from LaCava. 

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3 hours ago, Moxley said:

A little north of where I am at, but it's been exceptionally dry here in England, and probably much the same over the border in Scotland. No rain for weeks now, my local course (Heathland) is bone dry, and ball is running on miles. If it doesn't rain this week and next it will suit a player who's good with long irons and from sand.

Reminiscent of 2013 and when Muirfield baked out and those greens were insanely fast. Phil was only player to finish under par. Carnoustie is already difficult in soft and calm conditions. Make it dry with some breeze and Even Par may win easily.

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Weather looks to be fairly cool and dry, not much rain in the forecast this week or next. So the course should be dried out, and the ball will surely run out.

And while I was looking I found a site with the tide forecast https://www.tide-forecast.com/locations/Carnoustie/tides/latest
make sure your caddy has those in the bag, as you'd like to know how it will affect your shot if you have to play out of the Barry Burn

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https://www.cbssports.com/golf/news/henrik-stenson-questionable-for-2018-british-open-after-withdrawing-from-scottish-open/?src=rss

Sucks for Henrik if this injury does in fact keep him out if the British. 3rd on PGA Tour in SG Tee to Green this year so I felt like a win was fast approaching him and thought he could be a major factor in this tournament. Maybe now that will not be possible. 

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Saw pictures of the course this morning. Fairways are reminiscent of Muirfield 2013 and Hoylake 2006. Very baked out. They've managed to keep the greens still pretty green, though. With the hard, fast conditions and weather forecast staying pretty consistent of 10mph winds each day, I would expect scores to be pretty close to Even Par during the week. Definitely should be a good test for the guys. Carnoustie in completely calm conditions is still the toughest course in all of Britain.

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Yup, crazy dry over here. My course has now banned smoking outside while dry conditions continue

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3 minutes ago, Moxley said:

Yup, crazy dry over here. My course has now banned smoking outside while dry conditions continue

Ouch, that's pretty serious. I don't know that I've ever heard of that happening anywhere before.

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Doesn’t look all that hot there, though. Calling for temps in low 60s there next week. So that should aid players some and keep course from baking out anymore. Plus a breezy NE wind predicted next week means wind coming right off the sea.

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The issue is a lack of rain, it's never that hot in Scotland. The course is on sandy soil so it dries easily. 

Rough might be easier though, and the ball will run on a long way.

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