The Open's biggest frights - a Halloween Special
Halloween is here and if it’s frights that you want then look no further than The Open.
The courses on The Open rota are packed with scares and every professional golfer will have a story to tell that chills the blood.
From Greg Norman to Adam Scott via Jean Van de Velde – the Claret Jug has claimed more than its fair share of victims.
And for some Halloween fun we have picked out some of the real horrors from across the Championship venues.
Where better to start than this year’s Open host – Carnoustie.
Recognised by most as the toughest links course in all of golf – the closing holes in particular are the stuff of nightmares.
Just ask Van de Velde whose circuitous and wet trip down 18 cost him the Claret Jug in 1999.
But the real horror is the par 3 16th – the Barry Burn.
If Jack Nicklaus is calling it the hardest par three in golf – with three bunkers guarding a green where the wind can howl – and Tom Watson failed to par it once in five goes in 1975, then you know it must be scary.
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Sticking with par threes – and what about the ghoulish Postage Stamp at Royal Troon?
The shortest hole in Open golf makes up for its lack of length with devilish detail.
Enormous bunkers protect a small green with near vertical run off down the right – Colin Montgomerie knows you can ‘run up a big score in a hurry here’.
Tiger Woods did just that in 1997 with a triple bogey – and if he can go wrong then anyone can.
If its real terror you want though – the Road Hole at St Andrews has to be the worst of all.
The par-four 17th on the Old Course at St Andrews claims so many victims.
Indeed in The Open of 2005 – there was not a single birdie in the entirety of the first round!
That famous cavernous bunker is the obvious terror and the remodelled slope means its yawning mouth grabs all but the most accurate approaches.
And with the road out of bounds down the right – only the brave can survive here.
And what about tee shots? Is there a tougher one than the opener at Royal Birkdale?
Johnny Miller, Champion Golfer of the Year here in 1976, calls it the most intimidating in the game.
With out of bounds right and a bunker that seems to always come into play – your round here could be over before it has really begun.
If you really want a sleepless night, how about reflecting on Thomas Bjorn’s disasters in the bunkers of Royal St George in 2003.
His Open chances ended in a sandy grave as Ben Curtis won the Claret Jug.
Then there is Greg Norman at the 18th at Royal Troon in the play-off that handed the Claret Jug to Mark Calcavecchia – Norman went bunker-bunker-out of bounds, failing to finish the hole and seeing another major title slip through his fingers.
Or Adam Scott’s collapse over the closing holes at Royal St Lytham after a terrific finish by Ernie Els – Scott bogeyed the last four holes to surrender what was a dominant position.
The list could go on, the 11th at Royal Troon is rated by many as one of the hardest golf hole's in the world.
And what about Portush next year? The par-three 16th is called Calamity after all!
Reader beware, you’re in for a scare…