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We're coping with the traffic problems, insist USGA chiefs

By Phil Casey

The USGA will not abandon venues such as Shinnecock Hills despite the traffic problems which have raised fears of players missing their tee times in the 118th US Open.

Some journeys from official hotels west of the course have been taking up to two-and-a-half hours.

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Tiger Woods said: "There's a good chance someone might miss their time. You get a little traffic or a fender bender and it's conceivable."

USGA chief executive Mike Davis admitted the traffic "is a borderline disaster" but added: "There's a lot of focus on trying to improve on what's happening traffic-wise.

"But listen, just because of what's happened the last couple of days, the last thing we're going to do is give up on one of our truly treasured sites. We love this place."

A player arriving up to five minutes late for their tee time will be penalised two shots. Any later arrival will result in disqualification.

USGA managing director of rules and Open Championships Jeff Hall said: "There's certainly an exception to the rule if there's some exceptional circumstance that were to occur. However, traffic in and of itself is not exceptional.

"We've communicated with the players proactively... alerting them to the environment that they're going to be in for the week."

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