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Friday, 19 March 2010

Course
Opened – 1908
Course Designer – Fremantle and Gedge and then redesigned by M Nicholson in 1929 and Severiano Ballesteros in 1999
Special Features -
General Playability - The course will play relatively easily apart from the greens which as they start to become firm will get harder to hit as the design will shed the balls if not properly controlled.  The ball travels at least another 10% at this altitude.
Undulating/Flat - Very undulating.
Treelined/exposed - Tree lined in most places.
Many / few water hazards - A few hazards most noticeably on holes 14 and 18.
Changes to the Course – No changes.

Greens
Type of grass - Mix of Poa Annua and bent grass
Height of cut - 3.0mm
Speed/stimp reading – 10’4
Any specific comments – Quite small and redesign means that many of them have run offs all around the greens which makes them very hard to hit and stay on if the greens.

Fairways
Type of grass – Mix of Poa Annua and Rye grass
Height of cut – 10mm
General width and contouring – Average width but due to mountainside location many are either severely uphill or downhill.
Any specific comments - None

Tees
Type of grass – Mix of Poa Annua and bent grass
Height of cut - 8mm

Collars
Type of grass - Mix of Poa Annua and bent grass
Height of cut – 8mm

Rough
Type of grass – Mix of Fescue/ Rye grass
Semi-rough - Height of cut – 1.8m  wide at 35mm
Intermediate Height of cut – 1.8m  wide at 70mm
Rough - Height of cut – maintained rough at 106mm
Any specific comments – The rough is not as penal as would have been hoped for.

Weather
In advance – There has been considerable rain during August leaving the course relatively soft.
Forecast for tournament – Expected generally fine but with the chance of some rain and quite cool.

Other Features
Just the most stunning venue on Tour with views up to the Pleine Morte Glacier and across the mountain ranges and valley below the 7th tee. 

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1DREDGE, BradleyWAL18-17
T2MOLINARI, FrancescoITA18-9
T2SIEM, MarcelGER18-9
T4GARCIA, SergioESP18-8
T4WARREN, MarcSCO18-8
T4KJELDSEN, SørenDEN18-8
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