Discover Golf : June 2016
17 discovergolf.com.au The Postage Stamp is the most infamous, short hole in British Open history. Carved out of sand hills front, left and back, the hole measures just 112 metres from the tips. The diminutive green measures a mere 39 m2. Here are some facts. • In 1950, German amateur golfer Herman Tissies took 15 shots. He found the bunker with is tee shot. Thirteen shots later he got out. • In 1973, then aged 71, Gene Sarazen became the oldest player to record a hole-in-one at a major championship. After recording an ace at the 8th hole in the first round, Sarazen holed out from the sand for a birdie two the next day. What a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first Open appearance. • Ernie Els scored the last ace at the ‘Postage Stamp’ during the British Open in 2004. He reached the playoff but lost to Todd Hamilton. • Walter Hagen took five shots at the Postage Stamp in 1923. He finished second, one shot behind Arthur Havers. • At the 1997 British Open, Tiger Woods posted a six in the final round and was never in contention again. ‘Postage Stamp’ Royal Troon Hole 8, Par 3, 112 metres feature hole tour 2016 BRITISH OPEN Image Credit: David Cannon / Getty Images Writing in Golf Illustrated, former British Open champion Willie Park Jr, described the reconstructed 8th in 1909 that it had ‘a pitching surface skimmed down to the size of a postage stamp’. And so it has been called ever since. At the 1950 British Open, Roberto de Vicenzo hit a tee shot that that led to a change in the rules of golf. With his tee shot plugged in one of the green side bunkers de Vicenzo exercised his right, at that time, to declare the ball unplayable and, with no penalty, go back to the tee. He knocked his next tee shot close to the cup and putted out for a three.