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Oh Joy: Muirfield Rough Said To Be Ridiculous, Knee-High

Sean Martin on comments Ernie Els made to Rory McIlroy after seeing Muirfield's "ridiculous" rough recently.

“He said it was like waist-high,” McIlroy said from this week’s Irish Open. It remains to be seen if the rough will be that penal come championship week.

Pretty much the same as last year when I was there (photo below). Hopefully we'll still get to see the ancient wall bordering the property! #Bringbacktherabbitsandsheep

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Lush and painful. Should be fun!
06.28.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Word is that it is going to stay that way. Wonder what they would do to tha course if they thought the ball was going too far?!!
06.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
Total BS. Ernie only visited Muirfield YESTERDAY (27 June) as was extremely generous in his praise... and BTW the picture above is about 60 yards left of the fairway - it should NOT be in play
06.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCutmaker
Sure, it's all fun and games until someone injures an elbow in that stuff. Or loses an eye. Brutal.
06.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
@cutmaker -

Regarding your last comment - have you not seen Team Nike off the tee this year? :-)
06.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
How does Tiger's elbow feel now?

Mine hurts just looking at that hay.
06.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
1. @Cutmaker - News reports say that Els played Muirfield on Tuesday with Johann Rupert (Jun 25).

2. The only possible location shown in the pic above would be the very back 9th tee box looking back down the 8th hole. So @Cutmaker is right about that particular patch not being in play - unless someone skulls their approach to #8 long and left.
06.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarky Mark
@ RickABQ +1 for Team Nike comment. The "boyz" better ask for double allotment of rocks for the week. I have seen and played Muirfield where the 'second cut' is waist high in fescue allowing a normal rough cut of about 10 yards or so on either side of the fairway, then going to waist-high "Bawan grass". Pics look similar. That twinge you just felt was TW's elbow!
I can post photos from in play areas from last year! I've got lots of them.

I'm hoping the report is a stretch as it's an outstanding links that does not benefit from an excess of rough. That said, even if the rough is quaint, some of the fairway lines left a lot to be desired last year and I suspect those have not been fixed.
06.28.2013 | Registered CommenterGeoff
Well, well, a course that punishes wayward drivers...
06.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Can Tiger replace himself with Danny Noonan if he happens to get injured? It'll probably cost Danny a scholarship, but I'm sure it would be worth it.
06.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDsl
The whole world is against Tiger, time to move that next major to Bay Hill. Breaking jacks record at arnies place.
06.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterVwgolfer
I assumed the picture is the fairway width if Mike Davis were to setup the Open.
06.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMattS
Marky Mark - Don't believe all you read in newspapers! Cutmaker's post is spot on.
06.28.2013 | Unregistered Commentertitleist38
I played there a month ago and the worry if any was that there wasn't enough rough. Compared to last year it was chalk and cheese. I played 18 holes and didn't lose a ball. Rough at Gullane and Archerfield has definitely grown up quite a lot in the last month but it is nothing like when you were here last year at all Geoff. I played the same week as you and it was ridiculous. It has been amazingly dry here for 6 weeks or so so playing very firm. Ernie only arrived on Tuesday (was in the newsagents on Wednesday morning stocking up on chocolate bars!) so couldn't have had that chat with Rory....
06.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid
crop circles.
06.28.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain...

And may the winds blow high and the winds blow a etc.......
06.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Looks like the winner is going to HAVE to keep the ball in front of him all week to hoist the trophy. Best of luck Nike dudes...ya'll are gonna need it!
06.29.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
I looked over the fence, so to speak, last week while on a walk on Gullane beach. The course looks magnificent, the huge rough will only be a problem for those that are way, way off-line or bit off too much on the dog-legs, the first cut looked generous compared to Merion.
06.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennydad
I played there 3 weeks ago and lost one ball in 36 holes and that with a horrible shank from a fairway bunker on my first hole of the day. The rough is perfect. Anywhere near the fairway and it's easily findable but not easy to hit.

That picture is pretty but it's of an area where lots of tees are but no areas in play. The rough can be brutal there because only the world's worst hacker would hit the ball anywhere near. The 18th in the background appears to have very reasonable rough, even then.
06.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPsycho

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