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British Open braces for windy first round

South Africa's Charl Schwartzel, front, and Germany's Martin Kaymer prepare to tee off from the 3rd hole during a practice round ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course in Sandwich, England, Tuesday, July 12, 2011. South Africa's Charl Schwartzel, front, and Germany's Martin Kaymer prepare to tee off from the 3rd hole during a practice round ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course in Sandwich, England, Tuesday, July 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)
By Steve Douglas
AP Sports Writer / July 13, 2011

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SANDWICH, England—High wind might force tournament officials to move up some tees Thursday in the first round of the British Open at Royal St. George's.

Gusts up to 30 mph are forecast, making some fairways and the long par-3 11th unreachable for many players.

Peter Dawson, chief executive of the Royal and Ancient, says No. 7, a par 5, and No. 11 are among the holes that could be shortened.