PRACTICE ROUND: Australia's Jason Day tees off during a practice day at the British Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale.
PRACTICE ROUND: Australia's Jason Day tees off during a practice day at the British Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale. ANDY RAIN

British Open answers Day's question with rule change

AN INNOCENT question from Jason Day's caddie Col Swatton has seen British Open officials introduce a local rule change in the interest of fan and player safety.

As players prepare for the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale the Royal & Ancient have declared the route over the grandstand from the ninth tee as out of bounds.

"We were made aware that an option being considered was to take the tee shot at nine down the 10th fairway," R & A chief executive Martin Slumbers said.

"Now, the great thing about links golf is you can play a hole in multiple ways, and that's one of the beauties of it.

"But, in this particular case, we've been out there with our health and safety people, and the only way you can get the ball onto the 10th fairway is to drive it straight over the top of the grandstand and we felt that that was just dangerous. So that's been put in there to protect the fans and the players."

Australian Day isn't worried by the decision to deny players the aggressive approach shot down the 10th fairway.

"I don't think anyone was going to go down there, anyway," said Australia's world No.6.

"We just asked. It is kind of a strange line. But if you get a nice breeze, you can get within 90 yards or so of the green, hitting a good drive down there.

"The R&A have obviously made that rule for a purpose and I guess I'll be hitting iron down there now, not taking the 10 line."

News Corp Australia


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