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Ernie On Muirfield: “There is rough, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think it’s unfair."

Comments were attributed to Ernie Els on Wednesday about Muirfield but he hadn't played the course until Thursday, telling's Sean Martin that setup looks good to him. And at 25-1 as the last man to win at Muirfield, that's good news to punters.

“I love the course,” Els told PGATOUR.COM on Friday. “I think it’s set up very similar to 1992 and 2002. The rough is good, the fairways are good, some of the holes have been lengthened.”

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In my humble opinion, Muirfied -- when it is not tricked-up -- is the finest, fairest golf course I have ever played.

It is also the one course on the Open rota that sort of lends itself to U.S. Open-style trickery. (I suppose I should include Carnoustie' 07; but what WAS Carnoustie '07?)

So I hope that my favorite golf course on earth gets some good weather that that the R and A hasn't fouled it up too badly.
06.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChuck
@Chuck - thanks for the writeup!

I think Ernie is at a decent price going in. Mannasero FTW.
06.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPepperdine
I always wonder why Muirfield's routing is not copied more often, the circular nature of routing ensures that a player will face wind from every point on the compass during a round. Also, they have a rather strict dress code and seem to be doing OK.
A friend played there last week, and said the rough was brutal. They obviously may thin it out and / or mow it between now and The Open.
06.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatthewM
Have never been there, but is it true that all the par 3s are pretty much in the same direction?
06.29.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
I love waking up to the Open. Best tournament of the year. Excited for this one. So many good storylines going in. I say Sergio picks up his only major at this one. You heard it here first!
06.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris from DE
I think Muirfield will surprise more than a few once they've played it. It doesn't look like much and certainly doesn't have the charm you might see elsewhere, but good gawd what a golf course! Such balance and a wonderful challenge. Some of the best bunkering I've seen anywhere. Should be fun to watch. I really want to seek out more H.S. Colt now.
06.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPHK
FYG, on the front side #4 (S to N) and #7 ( NE to SW) run totally different directions from each other. On the back nine, #13 runs similar to #4 and plays 200 yards or so. # 16 plays 190 yards or so and runs SW to NE).

Non-members may play on Tuesday and Thursday only and start on #10. You may play fourball only on these days and only off #10 tee. Is is 195 pounds for 18 holes and 250 pounds if you do the 36 hole deal which I strongly recommend. You break and eat lunch in the clubhouse between rounds (you are required to wear jacket and tie), the deserts are to die for BTW and the meal is superb, then go back out and play Foursomes (alternate shot) in the afternoon round, which is their standard club round. The foursome round will take you less than 3 hours and is a great follow up after a wonderful lunch, served family style in the club's main dining room. It is a magnificent golf course, and the truly needs to be on every serious golfers' bucket list' And experience like no other. See link below.
@fyg Not at all. Click on link and see course layout. Par 3's are #4 & #7 on front, and #13 and #16 on back nine.
If the rough at Muirfield is anything like the rough at my links course, I guarantee it will be absolutely cheugh! Definitely not Tiger habitat!
RE :Par 3's Holes #4 and #7 on front go in very different directions, almost 90 degrees different. On the back nine, #13 and #16 are also at different directions. #4 and #13 play in similar directions. Great green complexes on all par 3 holes.
I think it's the fairest of all our links courses-Carnoustie is the best in my humble opinion but Muirfield is a delight to play and should provide a wonderful tournament.Cant wait to go.
06.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
1-Carnoustie; 2-Muirfield; 3-Deal (if it were on the rota); 4-Birkdale; 5-Lytham; 6-Turnberry. 7-Troon; 8-TOC; 9-Hoylake; 10-RSG.
06.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
I'll put Westy and Donald as co-favorites, continuing a theme of nice-guy first-time Majors winners.
06.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSocraticGadfly
Serg would be a bet, as he surely has good vibes from winning the Amateur there in 1998. Can't be too much different a golf course since then but alas, he was still 'putting like a kid' back then (believe he was 19). Also like Els & Westwood. How does an upstate New Yorker get some pounds down on these gents? David Simmz
06.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Simmz
I don't see how Donald can be considered a favorite.

He's not a closer.
06.29.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
Donald is like a 'teaser pony'. There at the start, but not around to finish the job.

I played there three weeks ago. If your friend thought the rough was brutal then either a) it's grown spectacularly in the two weeks in between or b) he's not used to links rough. My impression was that the rough was less severe than recent years and that the purse was set up perfectly for the Open.
06.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPsycho

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