2013 British Open: Players Unhappy with 15th Hole

July 18, 2013; Gullane, United Kingdom; Ian Poulter at the 5th green during the first round of the 2013 The Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Paul Cunningham-USA TODAY Sports

The discontent with the course continued at the 2013 British Open at Muirfield on Friday, with multiple players speaking out about the par-4 15th hole.

The 448-yard hole has given players trouble through the opening two rounds, with the average score being a 4.582.

Britain’s Ian Poulter, who shot an even-par 71 today, gave the most detailed criticism (via Reuters):

Billy Horschel hit a putt from 15 feet which just missed the edge of the hole and went 15 feet past.


We can all play this course when the pin locations are in places where you’re not going to get called out for hitting a good putt from 20 feet. What we don’t want is a pin that’s just sat on the top of a little knoll.


It’s really, really hard to putt it to a ‘gimme’ range. That’s all you’re doing from that distance.


Today I think there was only one that was very dicey late in the day. That was probably 15. I managed to two-putt it so I’m over the moon.

Phil Mickelson, who shot a 3-over 74 today, said the green on the 15th hole was even quicker than the legendarily fast greens at Augusta National: “Augusta is 14 1/2 on the stimpmeter and some here were 15 in spots and the 15th was one.”

While players have been complaining about the Muirfield course all week, Peter Dawson, CEO of the Royal & Ancient golf society, has defended the conditions.

[Source: Reuters]

Topics: 2013 British Open, Ian Poulter, Muirfield, Phil Mickelson

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