Defenseless

July 21, 2014

After a 39-year absence the British Open returned to Hoylake in 2006. In 1967 the par-72 layout played to a stroke average of 75.01. But in '06, as a result of warm weather and no wind, the scoring average plummeted to 72.37. It remains the lowest scoring average in relation to par at an Open Championship since 1991 at Royal Birkdale.

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Year Course Par Scoring Avg. Rounds Under Par
2006 Hoylake 72 72.37 190
2000 St. Andrews 72 72.39 185
2005 St. Andrews 72 72.67 183
1996 Royal Lytham 71 71.85 151
2010 St. Andrews 72 73.07 161
1992 Muirfield 71 72.28 132
PHOTODAVID CANNON/R&A/GETTY IMAGES (HOYLAKE)Hot Links Hoylake played so firm and fast in 2006 that Tiger Woods only hit driver once en route to victory.

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)