VIDEO: Dawson, course officials break down Muirfield changes
PHOTOS: Aerials of Muirfield
A look at Muirfield, site of the 2013 Open Championship, from the air.
R&A chief Peter Dawson says that "as links courses go, (Muirfield is) a fair course. What you see is what you get."
Of course, that's easy for him to say, he's not teeing it up on Thursday morning.
Dawson and a handful of Muirfield officials broke down the changes to the layout and infrastructure in a video released by the championship.
The Cliff's Notes version of the changes:
• "The spectator experience is what we've been working on mostly," says Dawson
• There are six new championship tees from 2002
• Completely new fiber optics in order to accommodate more television
An interesting factoid is that while all of this work is being done to prepare the course, the final hole locations for each round are not determined until the week of the championship -- mostly reacting to the conditions.
Dawson even took a couple of moments to put some early favorites on your radar, saying "Tiger (Woods) is the man to beat at the moment, he's started the season very well."
But, moments later, he says the course might favor a "precise golfer" due to thick rough, and subsequently also offering up Luke Donald as a favorite.
Kind of feels like Baskin Robbins -- where there are 31 favorites.
But, we digress . . .
This will be the 16th time the R&A is setting up the Open Championship along the Firth of Forth. Here's what our Bradley S. Klein says you'll see -- hole-by-hole -- during what promises to be a compelling week on this par-71 layout that stretches 7,192 yards.
And if you are more of a visual learner, take a look at a set of aerials that show off Muirfield's landscape.