Carnoustie Golf Links Preview: 2018 Open Championship


HOLE 16 – ‘BARRY BURN’

PAR 3 | 248 YARDS
Often played into the wind, Tom Watson had five attempts to get a par 3 here during The Open in 1975 and was not successful in doing so. In 1968 Jack Nicklaus was the only player to get past the pin during the final round. A par 3 on this hole is an outstanding achievement. In 2007 it recorded the second fewest number of birdies with 19 all week.
2007: RANK: 6 | SCORING AVG: 3.312


HOLE 17 – ‘ISLAND’

PAR 4 | 460 YARDS
Continuing with Carnoustie’s fearsome finish, the Barry Burn winds and twists it’s way down this hole. The drive must be placed between the island part of the hole and then the player is left with a long difficult approach to a green protected by whins and bunkers.
2007: RANK: 9 | SCORING AVG: 4.170


HOLE 18 – ‘HOME’

PAR 4 | 499 YARDS
Ranked most difficult hole in 2007, no more difficult finishing hole will be found anywhere. The burn is in play for the drive to the right and left of the hole. Fairway bunkers edge in to the right-hand side of the fairway and it was here that Johnny Miller took two shots to get out of the bunker on the 72nd hole at The Open in 1975. The Barry Burn crosses right in front of the green and it poses an obstacle for the second shot.
2007: RANK: 1 | SCORING AVG: 4.611


Credit: Hole descriptions via TheOpen.com; Video via The Open at YouTube, hosted by Rick Shiels and Eve Muirhead.


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