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British Open 2012: Past, Future Weather Could Play Factor

England isn't exactly known for its favorable weather, but some abnormal weather could put a damper on things.

The grass at Royal Lytham & St. Annes has become so thick that players could be taking stroke penalties because of lost balls. From the Associated Press (via The Augusta Chronicle):

Because of a wet spring the native grass covering the dunes and hillocks is so thick and deep that any ball going that far off line could be lost forever.

The British Open does not send half its full field to start on the 10th tee, like many other tournaments. For now, the forecast for the week seems welcoming enough. But it could always change in a flash.

The latest forecast calls for rain today, ending sometime Thursday morning, followed by something called a "dry spell" that could last into the weekend, accompanied by gusts anywhere from 15 mph to 25 mph, more or less.

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