Muirfield Hole 05


Par 5, 561 yards

Tom Watson says: "Playing a yard shorter than in 2002, this par 5 will offer most players in the field a decent birdie opportunity, especially with a downwind, westerly breeze.

Stretching along the far seaside perimeter of the estate, the routing takes the players into the top north-east corner, very close to the adjoining Renaissance club.

This is one of the most critical tee shots on the course, since the angle into the fairway brings the player over a thin strip of five bunkers on the right. You do need to take these on with a brave line off the tee. If you play too safely, you can run out of fairway and find sand on the left.

Getting home in two shots in good conditions won’t be a problem if the tee shot lands safely, but absolutely nothing is handed to you on a plate here at Muirfield. The entrance is narrowed by bunkers left and right."

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