Royal and Ancient greenkeepers, Lytham ground staff and the head greenkeeper of 2013 Open venue Muirfield Links emerged from a meeting this morning declaring “a whole new world of pain” for any player who hits the ball into the bunker during next year’s Open Championship.
“We trialled putting water in the bunkers this year and it was a huge success”, said Paul Smith, head greenkeeper at Royal Lytham. “However the players still found places in the bunker to drop the ball and some cases didn’t feel the full force of the hazard which we envisioned. Next year we will be placing deckchairs, flip flops and used hypodermic needles in areas of bunker sand not already filled with water. This, we feel, will provide a more exacting test befitting an Open Championship”.
Head of the R&A Peter Dawson clarified a decision to allow a player to sit on a deckchair in the bunker. “The player finding his ball in a trap, may avail of a deckchair for a period of 30 seconds only after failing to extricate himself from the bunker after five strokes,” Dawson said.