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No. 17 at St. Andrews: lovable and unloved, a beautiful mistake

No. 17 at St. Andrews: lovable and unloved, a beautiful mistake

If the Road Hole were on a major golf course in the U.S., somebody would change it. A corporate sponsor would demand it, or ESPN would balk at the camera positions. This is Scotland. Thank God. The Road Hole at the Old Course at St. Andrews, No. 17, is wonderfully dysfunctional. It's a par-four that plays like a par-seven. It isn't fair, it isn't sensible. It is also loved and praised by all, even as they secretly hate it. Take Tom Watson, for example. He won the British Open five times, never at St. Andrews. He once had Seve Ballesteros in his sights for another win in 1984 and then hit a two-iron over the 17th green, over the road and up against the stone wall, where...

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