The 14th hole at Royal St. George's Golf Club does not look that imposing from the tee. It is a short par 5 -- 508 yards long. The clubhouse of Princes Golf Club sits right behind the tee, with Sandwich Bay lapping up to the beach behind it.
Today, on this idyllic-looking hole at the British Open, two players made 9, five made 8, seven others made 7.
Peter Jacobsen, three under par at the time, made 9. Craig Stadler made 7. Jack Nicklaus made 7. Tom Kite made 7. Tom Watson hit a ball into the left rough, was lucky to find it, knocked it into the canal that runs across the fairway -- "the Suez Canal," it is called -- and made 6.
It could have been worse. Ask Jacobsen.
"If you get the ball into the fairway, it's an easy par 5," Jacobsen said. "But if you go right at all, you go out of bounds. If you go left, you've got the deep rough. You can make birdie (23 players did) or you can make 9."
When Seve Ballesteros, who parred the hole, heard about Jacobsen's 9, he shrugged and said, "On that hole, 9 is very easy."