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Stone, the course superintendent, said about six inches of rain has fallen on the island the past two weeks _ something that might’ve worried him if his greens were grown with Bermuda or bent grass. “I don’t have to worry about this,” he said. “We’ll be fine.”

But what about the players?

U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson says changing surfaces from course to course make it necessary to study a little agronomy along with your short game. While the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club featured slick, glass-like greens, Simpson expects truer, slower rolls at The Ocean Course. “But at the same time, you can look too hard into it,” he said. “So it’s all a balance of trying to figure out the kind of in-between.”

Adam Scott, the British Open runner-up, said most professionals practice on courses with slower, paspalum greens and won’t be that surprised by what they find on The Ocean Course. “It’s very consistent,” he said. “So if you can adapt to it this week, there’s no reason why you can’t play well on it.”