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The Open Championship's toughest 18 holes

The Open Championship's toughest 18 holes

Three of the toughest 18 holes in the history of The Open Championship are at Carnoustie Golf Links, where The 147th Open is being held this week. Only Royal Troon, which has hosted The Open nine times and most recently in 2016, can claim a higher number of the most difficult holes in the major's history.

Here's the full breakdown of the toughest holes at The Open, from 1982 to 2017.

1st Hole

Year: 2008

Location: Birkdale

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.52

Difference: 0.52

2nd Hole

The 2nd hole at Birkdale.

Year: 2008

Location: Birkdale

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.37

Difference: 0.37

3rd Hole

The 3rd hole at Lytham.

Year: 2012

Location: Lytham

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.47

Difference: 0.47

4th Hole

The 4th hole at Royal St George's.

Year: 1985

Location: Sandwich

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.60

Difference: 0.60

5th Hole

The 5th hole at Turnberry.

Year: 2009

Location: Turnberry

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.45

Difference: 0.45

6th Hole

The 6th hole at Birkdale.

Year: 2008

Location: Birkdale

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.77

Difference: 0.77

7th Hole

The 7th hole at Carnoustie.

Year: 1999

Location: Carnoustie

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.47

Difference: 0.47

8th Hole

The 8th hole at Turnberry.

Year: 1986

Location: Turnberry

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.66

Difference: 0.66

9th Hole

The 9th hole at Carnoustie.

Year: 1999

Location: Carnoustie

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.57

Difference: 0.57

10th Hole

The 10th hole at Troon.

Year: 1982

Location: Troon

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.57

Difference: 0.57

11th Hole

The 11th hole at Troon.

Year: 1997

Location: Troon

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.65

Difference: 0.65

12th Hole

The 12th hole at Carnoustie.

Year: 1999

Location: Carnoustie

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.57

Difference: 0.57

13th Hole

The 13th hole at Troon.

Year: 1982

Location: Troon

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.58

Difference: 0.58

14th Hole

The 14th hole at Lytham.

Year: 1988

Location: Lytham

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.63

Difference: 0.63

15th Hole (tie)

The 15th hole at Troon.

Year: 1982

Location: Troon

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.61

Difference: 0.61

15th Hole (tie)

The 15th hole at Lytham.

Year: 1988

Location: Lytham

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.61

Difference: 0.61

16th Hole

The 16th hole at Birkdale.

Year: 2008

Location: Birkdale

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.40

Difference: 0.40

17th Hole

The 17th hole at St Andrews.

Year: 1984

Location: St Andrews

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.79

Difference: 0.79

18th Hole

The 18th hole at Sandwich.

Year: 1985

Location: Sandwich

Par: 4

Scoring Average: 4.62

Difference: 0.62