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Posted: July 25, 2012
Believe it or not, there's a debate at this week's Open Championship over the amount of bunkers that guard Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club: Are there 205 or 206?
Whichever the correct number doesn't really matter. Lytham's sand traps are deep and dangerous, and they're also everywhere you look.
To help stay out of the sand and in the short grass, some players have opted to add another long iron to their set up.
According to Titleist Tour Representative Mattias Jelver, at least eight players will be carrying a new Titleist 2 or 3-iron to try and navigate their way off the tee.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam Scott (AP2 2-iron), Jason Dufner (AP1 3-iron) and Greg Chalmers (CB 2-iron), among others, have the new stick in for this event. Rory McIlroy will also be playing his prototype Titleist utility iron (19*) that he switches in and out of his set composition depending upon the course and conditions.
"One of the keys to having success on this course is staying out of the bunkers and the hay," said Jelver. "It will most likely cost you at least one shot if you are in either, so the players coming to us want to have another option off the tee. Some of the players that didn't previously carry a 2 or a 3-iron are considering using it off the the tee to hit that low, boring shot or 'stinger' that will run out in the fairway and avoid the trouble."
"This is a course where you have to keep it in the fairway and play for position," said Scott. "If the proper decision means hitting 2-iron instead of driver or a fairway metal, I will. You can't lose focus on this course. If you do you'll get in trouble."