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Questions For Mark Russell
Mark Russell
February 28, 2005
A soggy PGA Tour official talks about rain, fairway fishing and the Big Coat
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February 28, 2005

Questions For Mark Russell

A soggy PGA Tour official talks about rain, fairway fishing and the Big Coat

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SI: The Tour seems obsessed with having 72-hole events.

MR: We had some rain-shortened tournaments, and some players decided we needed to make every effort to play 72 no matter what, so they put that edict [into the bylaws].

SI: Is it called the Neal Lancaster Rule because he won a 36-hole event in '94 after a six-man playoff on a par-3?

MR: I've heard it called that. I wasn't there, but that was the tournament that changed the players' attitudes about going 72 holes.

SI: If it was this wet at Riviera, which is on high ground, what's the outlook for this week at La Costa, which is in a ravine at sea level?

MR: La Costa has to be wet. I can't imagine it's not under water.

SI: What are the best fairways to fish at La Costa?

MR: The 16th is usually a huge lake. That would be my play.

SI: What kind of rain gear do you wear?

MR: I have L.L. Bean Gore-Tex mountain hiking boots. They're fantastic in bad weather. I also have an L.L. Bean parka--the other guys call it the Big Coat. You can wear it with short sleeves underneath and still be warm.

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