Royal Troon is looking particularly green this July. A wet season has meant that the course is softer and more lush than would typically be expected of the tough links course. Players are spinning wedges, putting aggressively, and working their way under par. At the time of writing, there are 23 players under par.
This isn’t to say that Royal Troon has lost all of its teeth. With more rain and growth, the rough is high and thick. The wind and rain predicted for the weekend will certainly add difficult elements during the finish, but it is admittedly disappointing that the “linksy” aspects of Royal Troon won’t be on show this week.
The back nine at Troon is always more difficult than the front, and the numbers bear that out. The seven toughest holes on the course come on the back nine, according to TheOpen.com. The average score on the front nine is 1.3 strokes under par, while the average on the back is 3.1 over par.
What do you think about the lack of firm, dry conditions this week? There’s nothing the Scots can do about it, but does it disappoint you at all? Let us know in the comments below.