Open organizers return danger to Road Hole |

Open organizers return danger to Road Hole

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – British Open organizers hope to see more players struggle to handle the 17th at this year’s championship at St. Andrews, after lengthening the famous Road Hole to give it back its teeth.

The 17th lost much of its menace because long-hitting players were able to get within a short iron of the green and avoid the deep greenside bunker and gravel road which made the par-4 so difficult.

Royal and Ancient Club chief executive Peter Dawson said Tuesday that taking the tee back 40 yards should force the players to take longer irons for their second shots into the green and risk their balls finishing in the bunker or on the road, which makes a third to the green very difficult.

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