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Open Championship Preview: Holes 16, 17, 18

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The last three holes at Royal Troon starts with a birdie opportunity at the par 5, 554 yard sixteenth hole.  In 2004 it played as the easiest hole on the course. A burn crosses the fairway and will challenge golfers to clear it with any wind at all.  The large green is surrounded by those deep, painful bunkers. The par 3 seventeenth normally faces into the wind and at 220 yards players may need a driver to have any chance… Continue Reading

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Open Championship Preview: Holes 13, 14, 15

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The thirteenth at Royal Troon is another par 4 but surprisingly has no bunkers.  Its 473 yards has enough swales and humps and bumps to give players plenty of trouble. After five stout par fours players face a challenging 178 yard par 3 at the fourteenth.  A pear shaped green is guarded by bunkers in front and a healthy wind could play havoc with many shots. Back to the tough par 4’s on the fifteenth which at 499 yards in… Continue Reading

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Open Championship Preview: Holes 10, 11, 12

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Royal Troon gets difficult, very difficult as the players turn for home.  The three toughest holes on the course greets the field when they make the turn. The long par 4 tenth will play at 451 yards and was the third hardest hole in 2004. A longer par 4, named Railway will play at 482 yards with the railroad bordering the hole on the right.  This traditionally is the most difficult hole on the course. Yet another stout par 4… Continue Reading

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Open Championship Preview: Holes 7, 8, 9

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Our Open Championship Preview continues. The 401 yard par 4 seventh heads inland off the coast and tests the players with a zig-zag fairway. The eighth is the shortest hole at Royal Troon and in the Open Rota. The famous Postage Stamp, a 123 yard par 3 sounds like an easy hole but it is far from that.  Hit the green or you’re in jail and the wind can make it play much longer. The ninth hole is another challenging… Continue Reading

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Open Championship Preview: Holes 1, 2, 3

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It’s Open Championship week and the venerable Royal Troon Golf Club hosts the Open for the ninth time.  The course will play to a par 71 at 7,190 yards.  It sits on the Firth of Clyde on the south western coast of Scotland so as usual in links golf the wind will have plenty to say in deciding the Champion Golfer of the Year. Take a look at the opening holes. The 1st is a par 4, 367 yards. The… Continue Reading

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