Sandy Lyle's 43rd Open
By his own admission Sandy Lyle is not an emotional type. But when he hits the first shot of The 147th Open at Carnoustie at 6.35am tomorrow it is just possible that he will have a tear in his eye.
25 June 2018
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Wildernesse Golf Club (Par 72)
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Wildernesse Golf Club has hosted a number of prestigious competitions including Regional Qualifying for The Open, the British Seniors Championship and the English Golf Union Club Foursomes and County Finals. Originally laid out in 1890, the designer of the initial layout is unknown although Open Champion James Braid, known for his creation of the King's and Queen's courses at Gleaneagles, made a number of design changes including the new Par 3 5th hole which came into play in 1929.
It is heavily wooded with tree-lined fairways and is more than capable of defending itself against longer hitters with small and undulating greens. It is a course where both straight driving and attention to well-placed bunkers is essential. Although it has few slopes and affords easy walking, it provides an entertaining battleground and examination for golfers of all abilities.
At just over 6,500 yards the course has remained very much unchanged over the past 60 years. That it still remains difficult to beat par, despite changes in the modern game, is a tribute to the original design that has for decades stood the test of time.
14 spots available into Final Qualifying.
What’s it going to take to win at Carnoustie? The next four days will offer a unique challenge to 156 of the world’s best players, with just one of them holding the Claret Jug aloft come Sunday evening.
Remember some of the great Carnoustie memories, including the coronation of the ‘Silver Scot’.