This already is shaping up as a yellow British Open.
Golf's oldest championship returns to Muirfield after a wet spring that was ideal for growing thick grass, followed by a dry summer that has yielded three ''F'' words that are ideal for a links course.
Firm. Fast. Fiery.
The yellow hue of the fairways and wisps of knee-high native grass framing them make that obvious. The trick is to figure out how far the ball is going - not in the air, but once it starts bouncing on the ground.
Angel Cabrera set out Sunday to learn on the sixth hole, 461 yards and bending to the left with a bunker on the left side.
The two-time major champion from Argentina hit 4-iron with a right-to-left wind and it stopped a yard short of the bunker. Then he hit a bullet of a driver that he thought was ideal until he reached the crest of a slight hill and didn't see a ball in the fairway. The ball was running so fast that it went through the fairway and into the rough.
''The great thing about links golf ...