Royal Melbourne hit by rainstorms, bunkers damaged

Storms over the past two nights have damaged some of the bunkers

at Royal Melbourne, the site of next week’s Presidents Cup.

Nearly 75 millimeters (three inches) of rain has been dumped on

Royal Melbourne, although course superintendent Richard Forsyth

said Thursday that large hail that hit the surrounding area missed

the venue. He said the hail could have caused serious damage to

greens, but that the rain ”will help set up the course

nicely.”

While some bunker faces were damaged, Forsyth said ”we’ve got a

large crew here and we’ll be able to get them repaired.”

The United States takes on the International team from Nov.

17-20 on a composite course at Royal Melbourne, where the

International team earned its only win in eight previous

tournaments in 1998.