There have always been two timeless elements golf courses could turn to as deterrents to the evolving onslaughts of the professional game. The most effective defense is one they can’t control: The wind. The links courses of Great Britain and Ireland, for instance, can be the world’s sternest and sometimes unforgiving tests when the wind is up, but when it’s down they generally offer little resistance to skilled players. The other, long rough, is controllable. In last year’s U.S. Open, Bryson DeChambeau made Winged Foot, where penalizing rough is inseparable from the club’s championship reputation, look mortal. But no one else in the field broke 280.
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