The Old Course is a mystery even to those who have played it dozens of times. With dunes and rolling terrain and bunkers where you least expect them, a familiar line from caddies at St. Andrews after a tee shot is, "That should be fine unless it's in the bunker." With few exceptions, the landing area is not clear from the tee box.
A media official tried to help her out in describing the sixth hole by telling Park No. 6 was the hole with the blind tee shot.
"All the drives are blind on the front nine," she said with a laugh.
Park also struggled with the accent of one Scottish reporter who asked her if she felt the crowd behind her.
"The crows?" she asked.
Fair question. There are plenty of those, too.
THE LOCAL GIRL: Catriona Matthew received hearty applause when she was introduced on the first tee, and for good reason. Matthew, a former Women's British Open champion, is one of only two players in the field from Scotland.
Imagine how the gallery would have felt to know that other player in the group — Morgan Pressel — graduated from St. Andrews.
Just not the St. Andrews down the street.
Pressel graduated from St. Andrews School in Boca Raton, Fla., and she plays out of St. Andrews Country Club.
"I cracked myself up last week when I posted a photo of a little tee marker at home and said, 'What's all the fuss about St. Andrews? I'm already here,'" she said. "I feel right at home. It's almost as warm today, too, which was nice."
MEMORIES: Lorena Ochoa, who won the first Women's British Open held at St. Andrews in 2007, is retired.
That would make it a toss-up between Catriona Matthew and Stacy Lewis as the players with the most positive memories of the Old Course. Matthew won a couple of amateur girl trophies at the home of golf.
Lewis, meanwhile, played St. Andrews for her last event as an amateur. She was on the Curtis Cup team in 2008 and won all five of her matches.
"I played really good that week, and it was so much fun," Lewis said. "Our team rooms were right behind the first tee box, right in the clubhouse. They kind of let us roam the place. They showed us all around. It was so cool. I had a local caddie that week and I told him, 'I want to know all the stories.' So he told me all the stories. I love the history of this place."
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