Officials Plan For Strong Winds In Us Open First Round


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – A forecast of strong winds has prompted officials to change several planned hole locations for the U.S. Open first round on Thursday, something that should minimize the chances of a repeat of the Shinnecock Hills fiasco of 2004.

With a westerly breeze gusting to 30 miles per hour (48 kph) forecast to whip across the almost treeless course, the U.S. Golf Association (USGA) is perhaps being extra cautious.

But that is hardly surprising, after the way the body was criticized by one and all for what happened the last time the championship was held here 14 years ago.

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