St Andrews: Hole by hole | 18th
Hole 18 – Tom Morris – Par 4, 356yds
To leave the best chip, you’ve got to drive tight up the right – but push it and you can hit it out of bounds. Your target from the tee is a statue up the hill behind the clubhouse. If it’s into the wind, aim at the clock on front of the clubhouse. You can then hit a 7 or 8-iron in. Generally, you aim that at the steps of the R&A clubhouse and if it’s downwind you want to be left and past the Valley of Sin, so you can go directly at the green. Beware of OB if you go too far left – I did that once. It was so hard and fast, the fairway was about nine on the Stimp and my ball ran and ran.
“The players know they can get a shot back on the 18th, or even two,” says Sorley, and he’s spot-on. The 18th was the easiest hole in 2010. It yielded 186 birdies – more than any other hole – and only 20 bogeys or worse throughout the whole four days.