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USGA: No preferred lies in Open

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The 113th U.S. Open Championships begins Thursday, and the weather continues to look dreary. Despite the rainy forecasts, the United States Golf Association released a statement that they will not allow preferred lies for golfers during the Open.

Preferred lies allow a golfer to pick up, clean and place their ball back down on the fairway when conditions are rainy or muddy.

USGA vice president Tom O'Toole Jr. said "If it was so bad, then the obvious response to that consequence would be we probably wouldn't be playing,''

Over six inches of rain have fallen on the Merion Golf Club since Friday, and more is expected heading into Thursday's opening round. Tiger Woods is the current favorite for the tournament.


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