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The 151st Open

Little Eye


Royal Liverpool's new 17th hole

The 17th hole at Royal Liverpool, Little Eye

One hole in particular looks set to be the centre of attention when the world's best compete in The 151st Open at Royal Liverpool.

The Hoylake links has undergone multiple changes since it last hosted golf's original Championship in 2014, including significant alterations to the par-5 18th.

However, the standout development is undoubtedly the creation of a brand-new par-3, which will play as the 17th in The Open.

“It's a really short hole, but there's all sorts of perils which lie in wait.” Martin Ebert

Named 'Little Eye' in honour of the small island in the Dee Estuary that can be seen in the distance behind the green, the picturesque short hole promises to provide plenty of drama.

In the video below, architect Martin Ebert - who worked with the club and The R&A on the creation of the new hole - explains what makes the 17th so special, as well as providing a rundown of the changes to 18.

"This is a very unusual occasion for The Open, I guess, in that this will be a new hole none of the players (with the exception of Hoylake member Matthew Jordan) have played before," Ebert told us on a recent visit to Royal Liverpool.

"The club and The R&A came to us and just said 'look, we're thinking of this new hole, we want to flip one of the par-3s. We want to create some drama right at the end of The Open.

"So this will be the penultimate hole of The Open and even with a four-shot lead, someone who's in that great position will be nervous when they're standing on this tee."

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