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2012 British Open: Thick Grass, Weather Could Cause Problems

England isn't exactly known for its favorable weather, but some abnormal weather could cause some problems for golfers at this weekend's British Open.

The grass at Royal Lytham & St. Annes has become so thick and deep that players could be taking stroke penalties because of lost balls. From the Associated Press (via The Augusta Chronicle):

Because of a wet spring the native grass covering the dunes and hillocks is so thick and deep that any ball going that far off line could be lost forever.

The British Open does not send half its full field to start on the 10th tee, like some other tournaments. For now, the forecast for the week seems welcoming enough. But it could always change.

The latest forecast calls for rain today, ending sometime Thursday morning, followed by something called a "dry spell" that could last into the weekend, accompanied by gusts anywhere from 15 mph to 25 mph, more or less.

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