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“The first thing that comes into my head is that it’s long for a links course. And it’s nar­row.”

“Carnoustie is the most in­tim­i­dat­ing course on the rota for a lot of rea­sons. Es­pe­cially off the tee and on sec­ond shots – there’s just nowhere to miss.”

“It pro­duces bizarre win­ners. Padraig Har­ring­ton is maybe the worst ball­striker among the ‘elite’ play­ers of all-time and some­how he man­aged to win. He hit just 37 fair­ways and 47 greens for the week.”

“It’s the most un­pre­dictable of all the ma­jors be­cause of the weather. You get such a wide vari­ance of set­ups, too. They leave it to Mother Na­ture.”

“Cour­ses that are long and nar­row and have a lot of cross­winds favour good ball­strik­ers.”

“You have to avoid dou­bles and you can get them eas­ily there. All you have to do is get in a bunker and have to play out side­ways, or hit it in the hay and come out side­ways, or miss the green, or hit the green and three-putt. It can hap­pen more there than any other Open course.”

“The closer you get to the green, the eas­ier the course gets. It’s more dif­fi­cult off the tee and on sec­ond shots than most Open cour­ses.”

“It’s more of a test like Muir­field. If you can win there, then you can also win at Carnoustie.”

“Long and mid-irons are key be­cause you can’t scram­ble there. At some­where like St. An­drews, you can use a bit of cre­ativ­ity around the greens.”

“You al­most can’t look at the last two Opens there be­cause in 1999 it was SO nar­row and the rough was SO bad, then in 2007 you had hor­rific weather.”

“It’s go­ing to re­quire a lot of pre­ci­sion. This young crew used to smash­ing driver as far and as high as they can, that’s a dif­fi­cult tac­tic to pull off there.”

“It has the hard­est clos­ing hole I’ve ever seen. Out of bounds left, wa­ter left, wa­ter right, wa­ter short, bunkers in front of you. The sec­ond shot can hit the green and still go out of bounds.”

“It’s an­noy­ing, re­ally. The holes change di­rec­tion con­stantly. There aren’t more than two in a row that face the same an­gle to the wind.”

“When it was there in 1999 the course was like play­ing down a gro­cery aisle. It was one of the worst set-ups ever.”

“It’s all about the sec­ond shot. The greens are the flat­test and slow­est of all the ma­jors, so putting is of least im­por­tance.”

“From 15 on, it’s prob­a­bly the hard­est stretch of holes I’ve ever played any­where.”

“If the wind doesn’t blow, you can score but it al­ways does and from all di­rec­tions.”

“You have to keep out of the bunkers. If you make four or five mis­takes and find bunkers, you won’t win the tour­na­ment.”

“Play­ers who grew up in the Mid­west and South in the US tend to not like the Open style of course, whereas play­ers from Texas or guys who played a va­ri­ety of cour­ses grow­ing up and done well with that and ad­justed tend to trans­late well.”


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