Royal St. George's

The Course - Hole 18

Par 4

Yards 456

Stroke Index 11

Extensively remodelling has made perhaps the toughest finishing hole on the Open rota even harder. The fairway has been moved a few yards to flatter ground on the right, but a deep greenside bunker comes into play for shots from that side and two new bunkers lie in wait for drives seeking to leave the better line in from the left.

The green was originally just beyond the cross bunkers that have to be carried with second shots, but was moved back a full 120 yards in 1908. Fronted by a shallow ridge, it slopes from the right and sweeps anything left of centre into a dip from which George Duncan marred a great final round to miss the chance of tying for the 1922 Open. 63 years later, Sandy Lyle failed to make it up the hill from Duncan’s Hollow but got down in two more to clinch the Championship.

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