PAR 5 - 575 YARDS
Another hole where it’s very hard to fly the fairway bunker in the way that players used to.
It must be 330 yards out there and most of the time you’re looking at short of the sand, leaving a 3-wood into the green. Many pins are on the top shelf to the left and a lot of guys miss to the right. Miss it left and you don’t have a chip and if you’re long, it’s very difficult to get up and down. Anything landing front middle will funnel round to the Sunday pin on the right corner.
ADRIAN BISHOP: "The hole plays downhill right-to-left. The first task is to avoid the fairway bunker on the right. If you can’t carry it you must shape the tee shot right-to-left. The Sunday pin is always back right so a lay-up should be tight to the left side of the fairway at a spot that leaves your favourite wedge distance from the green. This will open the green up for the approach. There area couple of things to consider when playing from a downhill lie. Firstly, the tendency is for the ball to fly on a lower trajectory than normal with some left-to-right curvature so you must allow for this when aiming. Secondly, it’s important to set up so that your shoulders are level with the slope as this will help you swing down the gradient of the slope. Take one less club than normal to ensure you have a good trajectory on your shot."
BILLY FOSTER REMEMBERS: "We played with Tiger a couple of years ago and he took driver and hit a foot behind the ball. And I mean a foot – you could see the divot. The ball bounced 50 yards away and disappeared into the crowd on the left. An absolute horror shot. He then hit a 3-iron deep into the trees on the right. I think he took a penalty drop and hit another long iron on to the green, about 60 feet away, and holed the putt for a par. That memory will stick with me for a long time."
PETER ALLISS: “When you look at the shape of the hole the angle makes the green look a lot narrower than it is. It’s 60 yards wide but only looks about 15 paces wide from the fairway. It sounds ridiculous but the green’s contours mean you can play a poor shot and end up near the hole or play a very good shot and still face a monster putt. Players try to ‘sling’ it around the corner and get a run down the hill.”