- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

GULLANE, SCOTLAND (AP) - Let’s see if we’ve got this straight about Muirfield.

It’s a fair test.

There are no surprises.

And it’s just plain “neat,” as Tiger Woods kept saying over and over Tuesday.

If you’ve come looking for startling revelations at this British Open, time to move on.

Nothing to see here.

The clichés have been flowing freely as the golfers prepare for the third major of the year, no one daring to say anything that could be construed as the least bit controversial. Golfers, as a general rule, are a bit buttoned-down to begin with, but this week they seem especially reluctant to open up or express the least bit of discontent.

That figures to change Wednesday, when the Royal & Ancient, the tournament organizer, will surely get grilled on Muirfield’s male-only membership policy _ especially in light of Augusta National handing out green jackets to females for the first time at the home of the Masters.

But no one who’ll actually hit a shot this week has been willing to take sides on the issue.

“I don’t make the policies here,” Woods said. “I’m not a member, so I’m not going to speak for the club.”

But if you want to ask the players about the course itself, they’ll gladly dole out the accolades.

Again and again and again.

“Bad golf gets punished and good golf gets rewarded,” Graeme McDowell said. “I think it’s a very fair golf course. I like it a lot.”

Or this, from Phil Mickelson, “It’s very comfortable for me off some of the tees, getting the ball in play, as well as around the greens. I like it a lot.”

Anything to add, Brandt Snedeker? “It’s always a special week, especially here at Muirfield. The golf course is fantastic. It’s unlike any British I’ve played in before, where the ball is bouncing everywhere. It’s really firm and fast. The course is in fantastic shape. The greens are some of the best I’ve seen.”

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