408 yards / par 4 4.26 av­er­age in 2018 french open

FOURTH-MOST DIF­FI­CULT

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▶ This one is all about where rather than how far. So the per­fect place to hit it off the tee is about 260 yards into the fat of the fair­way. From there, the most dif­fi­cult pin place­ments—the ones that re­ally get your at­ten­tion—are all in the front half of the green or along the right edge, close to the wa­ter. There’s a lit­tle bit of move­ment in the green, which only un­der­lines the need for good place­ment off the tee.

Put the ball in the fair­way, and you have an op­por­tu­nity to at­tack, but with the wa­ter so close, the risk is al­ways there, so we’ll see some bo­geys and dou­ble bo­geys. A lot will hap­pen down the stretch on this hole.

I don’t see much dif­fer­ence be­tween four­somes and four-balls in terms of strat­egy, given that ev­ery­one will lay up in pretty much the same spot, un­less they de­cide to move the tee way up and give the longer hit­ters a go at the green. I’m not sure if that will hap­pen, but we’ll be aware of it in prac­tice rounds. I have to say, I don’t see that as a good op­tion. If you de­cided not to go for it, guys would be hit­ting wedge off the tee. [ Laughs.] It would be a bit like the 10th at The Bel­fry. I re­mem­ber hit­ting 7-iron off that tee. I know fans love to see play­ers go­ing for the green, but this doesn’t look like a hole where that’s go­ing to hap­pen. But we’ll see. Be­sides, it re­ally gets your at­ten­tion on the sec­ond shot.

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