Hell Holes

July 24, 2005

The British Open has been played at St. Andrews five times since 1984, and on every occasion the 17th hole at the Old Course has been the most difficult hole in that year's majors. Here are the 10 toughest holes in the majors since '84.

--Sal Johnson

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Year Major Course Hole Avg. To Par
1984 British St. Andrews 17th 4.79 +.79
1998 U.S. Olympic 17th 4.72 +.76
1986 British Turnberry 14th 4.73 +.73
1986 British Turnberry 8th 4.72 +.72
2000 British St. Andrews 17th 4.71 +.71
1997 British Troon 11th 4.65 +.65
1990 British St. Andrews 17th 4.65 +.65
2005 British St. Andrews 17th 4.63 +.63
1988 British Lytham 14th 4.63 +.63
1995 British St. Andrews 17th 4.62 +.62
1985 British St. George 18th 4.62 +.62

 

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)