British Open Green with latest catch: 150 foot kick

Danny Willett, sixth-place finisher at the 2015 Open Championship, previous competition in St. Louis. Andrews, was more outspoken. With few exceptions, he says, each huge green consists of two or three well-defined areas.

“You need to separate them pretty well and get into sections,” he said. “Otherwise, you might see some really cool 40’s, 50’s. So these are big greens, but if you’re obviously going to try to play well and play correctly, you need to narrow your focus and try to pick which part you’re trying to hit.”

Indeed, there are triumphs even when golfers have problems elsewhere on the course. Ian Poulter, an Englishman who joined the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series, started his Open with taunts he says he didn’t hear until he teed off.

He arrived later at No. 9, where the green is just a monster designed for one hole, one less than par. His tee shot put the pin within reach, and then he employed, by his own description, an odd strategy for the attempted tee, which Open officials said was at least 160 feet.

“I kind of hit him two cups to the right,” he said. “If you can ever draw a line two cups to the right, I knew it could go just a tiny bit from right to left through the middle of the stroke.”

It worked, good for the eagle.

“Look, anything within 6 feet of 150 feet is a hell of a hit,” said Poulter, who scored 69, three under par. “So if it falls, you’ll be out of luck.”