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Road Hole at St. Andrews gets longer

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The 17th hole at the Old Course at St. Andrews will be undergoing some major changes later this year in an effort to get the hole ready for the 2010 British Open. The Royal and Ancient announced earlier today that the course will be adding an additional 35 yards to the hole, stretching it to a beefy 490 yards.

“The 17th was played at the same yardage in 1900 as it was in 2005 and this fueled our belief that the formidable challenge of this iconic hole should be returned for the Open Championship,” Dawson told the BBC. “Over the years, we have seen the threat from the road behind the green, and to a lesser extent the Road Bunker, diminished as players have been hitting shorter irons for their approach shots, allowing them to avoid these hazards more easily. This change will ensure that the hole plays as it was originally intended.”

It’s been more than 100 years since the hole has been lengthened, according to Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A.


Written by Jonathan Wall

10/16/2009 at 8:47 pm

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