Royal Lytham and St. Annes, home of the Open Championship from July 19th through the 22nd, will be a similar test to what golfers saw a few weeks ago at Olympic Club for the US Open.
When the world’s best tee it up, they will see a rather short course that puts a distinct premium on keeping the ball in play and hitting greens from the fairways. At under 7100 yards, this is not a course that really can be overpowered.
The winner here will have to not only really think their way around the course, but also play well in windy conditions and keep shots out of Open Champion golf’s nastiest surprise—those pot bunkers.
Playing this time at just a par-70—one shot less than what 2001 champion David Duval and others had when the Open played here last—the course really puts a premium on making pars on the par-four holes. With just two par-fives and four par-threes, golfers will have to be very careful on when to try and press to score and when to walk away with a two-putt par.
Duval’s winning score would still be a good one this year at six-under for the week. Birdies can be had if the course is played smart.
Here is a look at how the top 25 in the world, in order according to the Official World Golf Rankings as of Sunday morning July 8th, 2012, stack up against the course.
Grades are on a 1 to 10 scale, 10 being perfect.