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DUBLIN, OHIO (AP) - Jack Nicklaus didn’t do anything significant to the golf course at Muirfield Village because all the time (and money) went into the new clubhouse.
His next project inside the ropes appears to be the 18th hole.
Nicklaus thinks it needs to be stronger, and thus slightly longer.
“Every time I look on television, I look down and see all those bunkers along 18 and I don’t think it’s a pretty look,” Nicklaus said, referring to right side of the landing area beyond a walnut tree. “It looks like something I had to do to protect the hole. All the other holes on the golf course are basically played the way they were designed. Eighteen is the only hole where they are able to circumvent the design. They take it over the corner and get it out there.
“To me, the finishing hole needs to be stronger.”
Nicklaus, the founder and host of the Memorial Tournament and Muirfield’s architect, is thinking about adding 30 yards or more to the tee, which would require moving some dirt to fill in part of a creek behind it. But it can be done.
Just maybe not for a few years.
“I think we will eventually, he said.
WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN: There were three suspensions of play due to dangerous weather and thunderstorms in Friday’s second round of the Memorial Tournament. The first lasted 22 minutes, the second 1 hour, 27 minutes and the third ended play at 7:07 p.m. with 42 players still on the course.
It marked the first time since 2001 that a round had been interrupted as many as three times at the Memorial.
Play will resume at 7:30 a.m. with players completing the second round before pairings are drawn up and the third round begins.
The 18th is one of the most difficult holes on the tour. Duke arrived there after teeing off first at the 10th hole. He was 2 over on the day and headed nowhere.
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