Hole-by-hole guide to the Old Course
Length: 7,305 yards
Par: 36-36 – 72
Tiger Woods dominated play each of the last two times the Claret Jug was hoisted at St. Andrews; in 2000 when his 19 under set a record for the lowest score to par in any major, and again in 2005, when he finished 14 under par, winning by five strokes. The world’s No. 1 ranked player hasn’t won a major since 2008 at the U.S. Open and, despite fourth-place finishes at both this year’s Masters and U.S. Open, hasn’t yet regained the form that has helped him win 14 majors.
(Burn): A short opening hole with no bunkers in the generous fairway, the only issue being the Swilcan Burn that runs down the right side of the fairway and across the face of the green. As with everything at St. Andrews, the wind dictates the ease of this hole. It can be a long iron off the tee and a lob wedge, or a driver and mid-iron. Players should avoid going after a hole location toward the front of the green.