The Open Championship 2013: Players could face difficult pin placements

Rob Carr

Muirfield should be a challenge for the British Open field, but the course could be even more difficult depending on where organizers put the pins.

Being a links style course, Muirfield's difficulty at this week's British Open will depend heavily on which way and how strong the wind is blowing. Organizers, however, will also have an impact on the setup with the ability to make pin positions very difficult for the players.

Graeme McDowell is one of the players who expects to see some difficult pin positions this week. He said the R&A -- the organization which runs the British Open and handles the course layout -- has the ability to use some "evil" pin positions.

"They can get a little bit evil," McDowell said, via Yahoo! "These greens, there are some little corners on them that they can find."

The wind will play an important role in the course setup for each round. If the forecast calls for a strong wind, or wind blowing in a direction that will make the course play harder, officials will likely go easier on the pin placements. If the opposite is true, however, and the wind isn't forecasted to be a major deterrent, players may instead face very difficult pin placements.

Then again, the wind and elements can change quickly in the British Open. A difficult pin placement, combined with a sudden turn in the weather could lead to some crooked scores.

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