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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 11:17 GMT 12:17 UK
Hole 2, Stand
Hole 2
Mark Gorton
By Mark Gorton
Royal Liverpool, handicap 12

As you might expect the 2nd is normally the 18th. It's a decent enough hole but not the most attractive or dramatic in the golfing universe and this was no doubt one of the motives behind re-numbering.

Out of bounds down the left and fairway bunkers mean a straight drive is desirable - if not always achievable - and if Lady Luck smiles you end up slightly on the left-hand side with an inviting view of the flag.

However, poor fools like me who can't control the ball with back spin may find it tough to land the ball on the putting surface and keep it there - and if you go through the green you're now in the rough behind it.

On the other hand, a typical links bump and run is ruled out unless threading a ball between gaping bunkers comes naturally to you.

This green is also relatively new. It undulates and lends itself to some evil pin positions.


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