18. Royal Troon Golf Club -- No. 8: Par 3, 123 yards -- Troon, ScotlandAnother sterling example that you don't need length to make a hole tough -- or great -- this tiny terror was coined "Postage Stamp" by Willie Park Jr. 100 or so years ago when he wrote that the hole had "a pitching surface skimmed down to the size of a postage stamp." Few have been able to lick the Stamp since, except for Gene Sarazen, who at age 71, competing in the 1973 Open, ripped a 5-iron into the wind for an ace in Round 1, then holed a bunker shot for a deuce in Round 2. At age 21, Tiger Woods wasn't so lucky in the 1997 event. His drop shot successfully carried the gully, but missed the long, narrow green that practically melts into the side of a vast sandhill on the left. Tiger found one of the five bunkers that ring the green, failed to escape and ultimately three-putted for a triple. As a hole that both tempts and traumatizes players of all abilities and ages, Postage Stamp gets my "must-play" seal of approval.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
TROON, Scotland (AP) – The British Open will be staged at Royal Troon in Scotland for the ninth time in 2016.
The Ayrshire course last hosted the British Open in 2004, when American Todd Hamilton beat 2002 champion Ernie Els of South Africa in a playoff.
Other former winners at the course were Arthur Havers (1923), Bobby Locke (1950), Arnold Palmer (1962), Tom Weiskopf (1973), Tom Watson (1982), Mark Calcavecchia (1989) and Justin Leonard, who won in 1997 after shooting a closing 65.
South Ayrshire council's Bill McIntosh says: “This is great news – not just for Troon, but for the whole of Ayrshire.''