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14 (467 yards, par 4) — The fairway narrows about 150 yards from the green, which may discourage the longer hitters from using their drivers. That’ll make the hole play longer than it is.

Lyberger: “In my opinion, this is where the real golf course begins. Fourteen, 15, 16, 17, 18 — many of these holes are brutal coming in. If you miss the fairway to the right here, you’re almost guaranteed a 5. Even if you leave yourself a 6- or 10-footer for par, chances are you’ve got a pretty undulating putt.”

15 (490 yards, par 4) — Another nightmare. A new tee has turned the 440-yard hole in ‘97 into a 490-yard monster. Four fairway bunkers to the right will catch many wayward drives.

Lyberger: “It’s a great hole. The second shot plays uphill, long, to a front-left-to-back-right undulating green, with bunkers that really protect that right side. If you’re in the rough 200-plus yards from the hole, your best bet is to try to get your ball into that narrow opening on the front left and use your flatstick to get down in two.”

16 (579 yards, par 5) — The two fairway bunkers on the left have been pushed farther down to create a pinch point. The green is elevated, and any approach that doesn’t hold it will roll down into the collection area and possibly even the pine straw.

Lyberger: “It’s about 300 yards to carry that first left bunker where it juts out into the fairway. If you can carry that, you’ll probably have about 230 left to the hole, which will give you the feeling of maybe wanting to go for it [in 2]. “

17 (437 yards, par 4) — The distinguishing characteristic here is a two-level fairway. The upper part stops about 150 yards from the hole; the lower part picks up about 50 yards farther down. The area in between used to be thick rough, but the USGA has mowed it to give players the option of driving through to the bottom fairway and giving themselves a possible wedge to the green.

Lyberger: “Before, everybody was forced to lay up on top. About the only one who didn’t was Vijay [Singh]. In Tiger’s tournament, I remember him hitting driver time after time and not quite getting to the bottom [fairway] and getting hung up in the rough. The green complex [featuring five bunkers] is either No. 1 or No. 2 [for difficulty]. It’s pretty severe.”

18 (523 yards, par 4) — Has the Open ever had a more demanding finishing hole? It previously measured 468 yards, but it’s significantly longer now. The peninsula green presents all kinds of danger — as Tom Lehman, who dunked his ball here in the final round in ‘97 (when it was the 17th hole), can tell you.

Lyberger: “Your drive needs about 300 yards of carry before it gets to the area of the fairway that’s flat and allows the ball to roll down. If you can get your ball on the downslope, it should roll out to about 200 yards [from the green]. The green is well guarded on three sides by water and, from that distance, you can’t play to a back-left hole location [though Lehman, desperate for a birdie, tried]. You really need to play more toward the center of the green, shaping your shot from right to left to get it to feed into that back part of the green.”