The 2014 Open Championship returns to Royal Liverpool for the first time in The Open Rota since 2006, which saw Tiger Woods capture his third Open Championship title.
In 2006, Woods annihilated the par-5′s around Royal Liverpool, playing them in 14-under par while scoring just 4-under on the rest of the course during the event.
As The Open returns to Hoylake, England, it’s easy to see what holes the players will need to score well on to be in contention this week for the Claret Jug.
Rory McIlroy discussed in his press conference on Tuesday, how crucial he believes the par-5′s will play once again this year.
“I think the par-5s are a big key this week. If you look back at ’06, I think Tiger played the par-5s in 14-under par. So the majority of his scoring was done on the par-5s. There are four really good opportunities to make birdies out here. Par-5s are going to be crucial.”
“And then there’s a couple of tough holes on the back nine, if you can just sort of make par there you’re going to do well. Yeah, par-5s, I think, there’s a few birdie opportunities on this course, and you want to try to make as many birdies as you can on those holes.”
Going back to 2006 and the par-5′s, the players that finished in the top-10 that year played those holes in a combined 105-under par, while a mere 13-under par collectively on all other holes.
As we go into final preparations for the 2014 edition of The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. The par-5′s will once again be the crucial scoring holes for players to take advantage on, if they want to be in contention come Sunday.