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Half of the greens at the prestigious Royal Melbourne may have to be torn up because of a chemical mishap.

The club has confirmed an “incorrect product” was applied to the putting surfaces from the sixth hole through to the 14th of the West course, which is ranked No.1 in Australia.

As first reported by Australian writer Evin Priest, soil samples have been sent away to be tested and it is thought to be “likely” there will be damage to the greens.

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In a statement Damon Lonnie, Royal Melbourne’s general manager, confirmed the product applied has “the potential to materially damage these greens”. 

“Soil profile samples have been sent for testing,” he added.