Defining holes - 8, 9 & 10
Carnoustie is always a harsh beast to tame and the last two holes of the front nine, followed by the first of the back, provide an intriguing challenge to any player.
Even the course record holder Tommy Fleetwood, who shot an incredible 63 last year at the Dunhill Links Championship, could only par these three holes despite taking birdies on nine others.
As the 147th Open Championship looms, here’s what the field of 156 hopefuls will face when they take to the tees on the eighth, ninth and tenth holes in Angus.
The 8th – ‘Short’
The first par three of the course, and what an introduction to one of the shortest holes.
At 183 yards off the back tees and stroke index 18, a novice would perceive it as being somewhat easier than the other challenging holes.
But with out of bounds left and bunkers surrounding an elevated green, it’s no easy feat.
Combine that with the tearing wind that normally cuts across the hole, players will need pin-point accuracy to land safely on the green and give themselves a chance.
The 9th – ‘Railway’
After losing out to Gary Player at the 1968 Open Championship, three-time Champion Golfer of the Year Jack Nicklaus suggested this hole needed some attention.
The Golden Bear complained that a large mound in the landing area provided an unfair test, considering the out of bounds on the left and a ditch on the right.
In 1975, the mound was changed into a bunker and has remained that way ever since, aptly named the ‘Nicklaus Bunker’, but still the legendary player could not conquer the course and tied third.
The fairway is tight because of out-of-bounds on the left and a drainage ditch close to the right rough. The long green is protected by bunkers, but the heavy lifting is off the tee. This played as the toughest hole in 1999.
The 10th – ‘South America’
Having played nine gruelling holes, there is certainly no let-up upon starting the second half of the course.
With three bunkers lining the exhaustingly long fairway and the Barry Burn slicing off the green, this hole has to be approached with caution.
The decision whether to go for the green in two or lay up before the water can make or break a scorecard, as you don’t want to be caught in the middle.
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With howling winds expected on the harsh Angus links, you would have to be extremely confident in your ball striking not to be phased by the 10th, and all three of the last Champion Golfers of the
Year at Carnoustie have failed to birdie this infamous hole during their final rounds.
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