If you wake up and be at them at 2:00 a.m. this morning for a tee at the Open Championship, you can claim your rewards. Of course I was sound asleep – I like to play golf, but I don’t that much. As we start tracking tee time groups later today, it will be interesting to see how people perform on hole 17 on the Old Court at St. Andrews – known by many as hardest hole In the world.
The Road Hole, as it is known, is nearly impossible to cut, and you’re in luck if you make it through. Why? It’s a 495-yard par-4 that includes a requisite blind shot end The Old Course Hotel (well, assuming you actually pass it and don’t just crash it into the outer wall of the hotel). Experts use different words and letters on hotel signs to target – Collin Morikawa’s Waiter told he’s aiming for “Course” on the sign, and Rory McIlroy says he went too far right at “Hotel” in a practice round this week.
However, once you actually get the ball over the hotel, the struggle isn’t over. On the other side was a remarkably sloping bunker directly adjacent to the lawn area, a rough stretch to the left with an awfully deep angle from the opening, and a rock wall on the typical Road Hole road that caused a great deal of damage. many victims over the years. Since the wall is considered the boundary of the course, if a player hits the ball against the wall, they will experience no relief, which leads some golfers to throw their ball from where it is off the wall to get it. Back to play, let’s hit the ball- putt style.
It certainly has its quirks, to say the least, and its placement as one of the league’s last holes makes it all the more pressuring in a tight spot. It’s half skill and half luck – although 2022 big winners Matt Fitzpatrick and Scottie Scheffler are seeing it optimistically, call it’s “awesome” and “a fun hole to play.”
The Open Championship begins today in the home of golf, where the sport has been played since the 15th century (a brief period during which a Scottish king banned the sport because he thinks that men take time to practice archery). It will run until Sunday. This is the last major championship of 2022.