The Royal & Ancient has decided to lengthen St. Andrews’ famous “Road Hole” for the 2010 Open Championship.
Nothing like fixing something that ain’t broke.
The R&A says they want to make it more challenging. But in fact, by lengthening the hole, I wonder if they won’t make it somewhat easier. As it stands now, it seems as though you would have to hit it straight, or fade the ball to hit the fairway, requiring a stick other than the driver. Moving the tee back 35 yards further back from the restrictions on the right hand side could have the geometric effect of making it less tight, and thus actually easier for the big hitters who draw the ball.
But does it matter for the Championship? Only for second place. Tiger owns this course.