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Top players may not need waterproofs at Royal St George's

The world's top players will not need their golf waterproofs for the UK Open as the driest spring for 100 years has put pressure on staff at the Kent golf course.

Officials at the course, which will hold the UK Open, are worried that the lack of rain will mean golf fans will not see the world's top players struggling through knee-deep grass to retrieve a lost ball.

However, golfers have reassured organisers that the course will still pose a challenge if the grass does not reach its full potential in the coming weeks.

Christopher Gabbey, club secretary, told the BBC: "The rough may be slightly less than we would have wished but then the ground will be firm, the greens will be firm and they will still find it quite difficult."

Kent usually sees an average rainfall of 148mm between March and May but this year just 33mm has fallen on Royal St George's.

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