No. 14, 475 yards, par 4: This typically plays into the wind, making the longest par 4 at Muirfield even tougher. A new tee makes the hole 30 yards longer than 2002, and the fairway narrows at about 300 yards out. The approach is to a plateau green that falls away on all sides. The bunker to the right of the green has been lengthened toward the front of the putting surface.
No. 15, 448 yards, par 4: The hole has been lengthened by about 30 yards and has a tight landing area protected by deep bunkers on both sides of a fairway that bends to the right. The green is known as a camel’s back because of the contours. The first bunker left of the green has been filled in, and other bunkers have been moved closer to the putting surface.
No. 16, 186 yards, par 3: Middle of the green is always a good play on this final par 3 where tee shots can fall off the side of the green toward bunkers. Lee Trevino holed a bunker shot on his way to winning in 1972. Ernie Els made double bogey and had to rally just to get into a playoff.
No. 17, 575 yards, par 5: The last par 5 will play about 30 yards longer for this year’s Open, though the long hitters should have no trouble reaching in two provided they avoid the five bunkers in the corner of this dogleg. A group of cross bunkers is situated about 100 yards short of the green. The green is set back into the dunes and protected by a narrow entrance with bunkers on both sides.
No. 18, 470 yards, par 4: One of the stronger closing holes in the British Open became about 20 yards longer since the last Open. Three bunkers cut into the landing area on both sides, while the green is guarded by bunkers short and on both sides. The island bunker to the right of the green has been altered to widen the sand area and reduce the chance of an unplayable lie.