Muirfield features several Sunday pins tucked away

A look at the final-round hole locations at the Open Championship at Muirfield.
A look at the final-round hole locations at the Open Championship at Muirfield.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sunday's final round at Muirfield features several hole locations tucked into corners of its crusty greens that are marbled in light, links brown. Here are a few – and check out Bradley S. Klein's hole-by-hole breakdown of Muirfield for a deeper analysis of the challenge before players today.

Suffice it to say, however, players must gauge their rolls correctly on approach shots, or risk being short-sided often.

Hole No. 1: This back-right pin is listed at 5 yards from the right edge of the putting surface and appears about 7 yards from the back edge.

Hole No. 3: This front-right pin is listed at 4 yards from the right edge and 9 yards from the front edge at its apex, but the curvature of the green means it's practically about 7 yards from the front.

Hole No. 4: This back-left pin is listed at 4 yards from the left edge and appears about 6 yards from the back.

Hole No. 5: Another back-left pin, this one also is listed at 4 yards from the left edge, and the sharp curve of the green puts it about 7 yards from the back at that point.

Hole No. 7: Shifting simply to the left, this pin is listed 6 yards from the left edge and appears to also be 6 yards from the back edge.

Hole No. 8: After some of these measurements, this pin 7 yards from the left edge and 10 yards from the front edge almost seems normal.

Hole No. 9: This back-right pin is listed 6 yards from the right edge and appears about 5 yards from the back.

Hole No. 10: At the front right and guarded by two bunkers, this pin can play tighter than its 9 yards from the right edge and 11 from the front.

Hole No. 12: On this oddly shaped green, the pin is listed at 6 yards from the left and appears about 5 yards from the back at that point.

• Hole No. 17: Another oddly shaped green has this pin listed at 5 yards from the right edge and about 8 yards from the diagonal front edge at that point.

Hole No. 18: The final hole location of the day is listed at 6 yards from the left edge and appears about 8 from the back.

This list doesn't even include holes cut close to the sides of greens, but in the middle. So players are indeed in for a challenge today.