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Golf Australia Express : Issue2
At just 161 yards the final par 3 on the course is short in length by modern day standards. Birdies are expected here, but don’t worry—it won’t offer too much respite from the gruelling inward stretch for the players. With eight bunkers guarding the generously portioned green, it’s sure to cause some headaches. Just ask Thomas Björn. At the 2003 Open he stood on the 16th tee with a two-shot lead. Bunker woes and a double-bogey five quashed his dream to be the Open champion. The not- so-great Dane relegated to second place. Every championship needs a classic finishing hole—the 18th at St George’s is no exception. Position off the tee is vital and bunkers down the left side of the fairway will see plenty of action. But it’ll be around the greens the major will be won or lost. “Duncan’s Hollow” awaits errant approaches left of the putting surface. So named after George Duncan, who failed at the 1922 Open to get up and down to tie Walter Hagen. In the 1985 British Open, Scot Sandy Lyle suffered the same fate from the dreaded dip. Fortunately, his five was still enough to clinch victory. HOLE 16 161 YARDS, PAR 3 HOLE 18 459 YARDS, PAR 4