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For all the crazy comments about this course, there’s a reason the Open is at Royal St. George’s for the 14th time, the most of any course not located in Scotland.

“We believe Royal St. George’s is a true Open Championship test,” said Jim McArthur, chair of the championship committee for the R&A. “It’s very much based on the strategic player rather than muscle. The course is in terrific condition. The wind perhaps is a wee bit stronger than we would like at the moment, but we like that wind on links courses.”