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The Open Championship’s Toughest 18 Holes

By Andy Wittry
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Three of the toughest 18 holes in the history of The Open Championship are at Carnoustie Golf Links, where The Open was held in 2018. 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 Year: 2008 Location: Birkdale Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.37 Difference: 0.37

  • 3rd Hole Year: 2012 Location: Lytham Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.47 Difference: 0.47

  • 4th Hole Year: 1985 Location: Sandwich Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.60 Difference: 0.60

  • 5th Hole Year: 2009 Location: Turnberry Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.45 Difference: 0.45

  • 6th Hole Year: 2008 Location: Birkdale Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.77 Difference: 0.77

  • 7th Hole Year: 1999 Location: Carnoustie Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.47 Difference: 0.47

  • 8th Hole Year: 1986 Location: Turnberry Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.66 Difference: 0.66

  • 9th Hole Year: 1999 Location: Carnoustie Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.57 Difference: 0.57

  • 10th Hole Year: 1982 Location: Troon Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.57 Difference: 0.57

  • 11th Hole Year: 1997 Location: Troon Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.65 Difference: 0.65

  • 12th Hole Year: 1999 Location: Carnoustie Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.57 Difference: 0.57

  • 13th Hole Year: 1982 Location: Troon Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.58 Difference: 0.58

  • 14th Hole Year: 1988 Location: Lytham Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.63 Difference: 0.63

  • 15th Hole (tie) Year: 1982 Location: Troon Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.61 Difference: 0.61

  • 15th Hole (tie) Year: 1988 Location: Lytham Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.61 Difference: 0.61

  • 16th Hole Year: 2008 Location: Birkdale Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.40 Difference: 0.40

  • 17th Hole Year: 1984 Location: St Andrews Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.79 Difference: 0.79

  • 18th Hole Year: 1985 Location: Sandwich Par: 4 Scoring Average: 4.62 Difference: 0.62

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