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British Open venue expaned for 2013

Scotland's Muirfield course has been lengthened by 158 yards in prepartion for the 2013 British Open Championship.

This year's tournament will be staged there from July 18 to 21, with the course extended so as to really "challenge" those playing in the tournament, according to Peter Dawson, chief executive of British golf's governing body.

With new tees added on seven of the holes, the par 71 course now measures a total of 7,192 yards. In the most prominent changes, the ninth tee has been moved back 50 yards, which has enabled the par-five to be extended to 554 yards and feature new bunkers.

The new additions means that the course has increased 2% in size than when The British Open Championship was last played at Muirfield in 2002.

In that tournament South African Ernie Els emerged victorious, just as he did last year at Royal Lytham.

Dawson said: "We are absolutely delighted to be back at Muirfield for the 16th time."

"The ground here is relatively flat and every hole seems to be going in a different direction, but we will be setting the golf course up to challenge these golfers.

"The rough has been cut down over the winter but will regenerate over the coming weeks. We will see the rough up and you are unlikely to win an Open Championship at Muirfield from the rough. The amount of rough is weather-dependent, but we will get plenty."

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