Watering, tee changes alter Pebble for Round 2

Padraig Harrington hits a tee shot at No. 14 during Round 1. The hole was shortened for Round 2.


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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The course setup is a little different Friday than it was in the first round. The USGA watered all the greens overnight, but put additional water on the ninth and 10th greens and also parts of the third, fifth, and 16th greens due to moisture concerns on Friday morning.

Due to the dry weather and limited growth this week, the USGA decided not to mow the rough last night and they do not expect to mow it again during the championship unless something extraordinary occurs.

Mike Davis wrote in his course set-up notes for Friday, “The rough will stand more upright and will become more inconsistent, which we like. ‘The closer-in rough will still be playable.”

Another significant change comes in the form of tee set-ups. The tee at the second hole was moved up after Round 1, and now is at the back of the next tee forward. The 14th hole was also shortened by 13 yards to allow players to carry the far right bunker off the tee.

The tee marker at the fifth was moved back 30 yards, making the hole play 178 yards.

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