The Open Blog -Postage Stamp in the same league as 17th at Sawgrass

The 17th at The Players Championship is often viewed as the hardest short par 3 in golf but this week the golfing world awakens to Postage Stamp. At 123 yards it is the shortest hole of any course on The Open rota. Despite its length it’s no easy three.

In 2004 Ernie Els aced the hole during the opening round and on the flip side, German amateur Herman Tissies recorded a 15 during the 1950 championship. It is Royal Troon’s signature hole and an Open classic.

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World number six Henrik Stenson said that “you’ve got even less margins at Postage Stamp than you have at 17 at Sawgrass.

“I’m going to take a pretty conservative approach” said the Swede who comes into The Open in good form. A win at the recent BMW International Open and a good performance at the Scottish Open has put to bed the injury that forced him to withdraw from the U.S. Open at Oakmont last month.

“In practice I threw a couple of balls in that right-hand bunker and you can be down there for a while” said Stenson.

HENRIK STENSON DRIVING JULY 2013

Normally it will be little more than a pitching wedge for the players but Graeme McDowell hit six iron in practice last week. His fellow Ulsterman, Rory McIlroy admitted he had scored an 8 and a 9 on the 123 yard par 3 during practice.

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