480 yards / par 4 4.17 av­er­age in 2018 french open

SIXTH-MOST DIF­FI­CULT

Golf Digest Middle East - - US/EU -

▶ This hole makes me chuckle: 15, 16 and 18 with all the ob­vi­ous risk/re­ward as­pects in play and all the wa­ter, then we have this brute of a hole. It doesn’t have a bunker. It doesn’t have wa­ter. It’s close to 500 yards, up­hill, and just a re­ally good hole. It bends a lit­tle right to left off the tee, and the green ac­cepts good, well-struck shots. It’s not deep—only 26 yards—but it’s wide. Over 25 yards wide.

Amid all this place­ment play and wa­ter, it’s the ex­act op­po­site, but it’s one of my favourite holes on the course. It’s proof that you don’t have to have a lot of haz­ards in play to make a great hole. Just a great change of pace.

De­pend­ing on wind and setup, this hole will favour the longer hit­ter. Hen­rik and Dustin and Rory are go­ing to be hit­ting mid­dle irons in there. No one on the Amer­i­can side is go­ing to be as short as me, but I’m go­ing in there with at least a long iron in my hands.

There’s a bit of a back­stop at the rear of the green, so there’s some help for those go­ing in with longer clubs. You can get in some trou­ble short and left, though. That front-left pin is close to a pretty deep de­pres­sion, so mak­ing 4 from over there will be dif­fi­cult. Hav­ing said that, the green is not as busy as some of the oth­ers out there. Cer­tainly not as busy as 15 or 16. It matches the shot you’re asked to hit. It’s the per­fect green for the type of hole it is.

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