Oh, how times have changed
Example 389 of the new, kinder, gentler USGA: they moved the tenth tee
It was nine years ago that the committee refused to budge with No.
10's tee location for second round play, leading to an unreachable
fairway for many. While USGA officials have said the expanded fairway
contour solved the problem this year, they are playing from a new,
extended 508-yard tee this time around. A forced carry that was 250
yards in 2002 was still a stout 230 before today's tee shift.
During a press center visit, Championship Committee chair Jim Hyler
also reported that the 7th, 9th and 12th tees were shifted well
forward in anticipation of today's weather.
While the rain hasn't been heavy, crews have already been squeegeeing
the non-USGA spec greens and we're only a few hours into play.
-- *Geoff Shackelford *