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Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

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I have only played 4 of the 18 toughest holes on the European Tour for 2015, and I must admit, that is enough!  These holes, put together by Will Pearson, Editor of the European Tour’s website, have proved to be more than a challenge for the best players in the world!

As another year comes to a close, europeantour.com has crunched all the numbers to bring you this – a definitive guide to the 18 most testing, most challenging, most terrifying holes to feature in The 2015 Race to Dubai.

From the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City to Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, The European Tour travelled to almost every corner of the globe in the 2015 campaign, taking in a multitude of different countries and styles of golf courses in the process.

Excluding the Major Championships and the American World Golf Championships events, we have dug deep into the statistics and scorecards to identify a complete golf course’s worth of what are technically the hardest holes on The European Tour.

Hard hats on? Then let’s begin.

By Will Pearson, europeantour.com

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

In descending order…

18) 9th at Delhi Golf Club

Tournament: Hero Indian Open

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

Par/length: 4/445 yards

Average: 4.40

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 25/147

The highest score recorded in the 2015 event: 8 – Mark Tullo, Abhinav Lohan

Narrow and bush-lined, the historic Delhi Golf Club has long hosted the Indian Open with the ninth hole one of two entries in the 18 hardest in The 2015 Race to Dubai. As a testament to just how difficult this tight par four is, eventual winner Anirban Lahiri was two-over-par on this hole alone during the course of the week back in February.

17) 2nd at Golf du Palais Royal

Tournament: Trophee Hassan II

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

Par/length: 3; 208 yards

Average: 3.40

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 28/155

The highest score recorded in the 2015 event: 7 – Richard Green

The first of two entries in this list for the unique Moroccan venue. One of four par threes at Golf du Palais Royal, situated in the grounds of the Royal Palace in Agadir, with each quartet measuring a testing 200 yards or above. Precision from the tee is key at the first of the four short holes with steep run-offs surrounding the raised putting surface. 2015 winner Richie Ramsay escaped with a par here in each of the four rounds en route to victory.

16) 9th at PGA Sweden National

Tournament: Nordea Masters

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

Par/length: 4; 476 yards

Average: 4.42

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 33/178

The highest score recorded in the 2015 event: 7 – Seven players

With the deep blue yonder of a sizeable lake bordering the entire right-hand side, and bunkers aplenty to gobble up even the slightly errant ball, the ninth is a brutally tough hole to close out the front nine at PGA Sweden National’s Lake Course. Swedish amateur Marcus Kinhult led after 36 holes this year, and, as if to exemplify his massive potential, the 18-year-old was a remarkable three under par on this par four for the week back in June.

15) 5th at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal

Tournament: Turkish Airlines Open

 

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

5th at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal

14) 18th at Golf du Palais Royal

Tournament: Trophee Hassan II

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

Par/length: 4; 484 yards

Average: 4.43

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 31/168

The highest score recorded in the 2015 event: 7 – five players

With two bunkers down the right to be wary of from the tee, plus an elevated green that slopes viciously from back to front towards a dangerous bunker, there’s plenty to occupy the mind on the finishing hole in Morocco. With blue and black numbers peppering the cards of The European Tour’s finest this year, as in many before it, Messrs Pelle Edberg and Matteo Manassero bucked the trend by going two-under on this hole over the week in Agadir.

13) 8th at Royal County Down Golf Club

Tournament: Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

Par/length: 4; 429 yards

Average: 4.43

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 30/186

The highest score recorded in the 2015 event: 7 – Six players

One of the finest holes on one of the world’s great links courses and the first of two entries for Royal County Down. Sitting atop the dunes, the eighth is one of the highest points on the layout with its tight fairway, trouble down the left and right and a long, narrow green that is incredibly tough to find. Played into the wind most of the week back in May and briefly threatened to de-rail Soren Kjeldsen’s bid for victory as the Dane made a double bogey here during the final round before eventually winning in a play-off.

12) 18th at Genzon Golf Club

Tournament: Shenzhen International

Par/length: 4; 456 yards

Average: 4.43

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 29/141

The highest score recorded in the 2015 event: 9 – Benjamin Lein

The first of an astonishing three entries in the 18 most difficult holes in The 2015 Race to Dubai for Genzon Golf Club – proving without a doubt that the China layout is one of the most challenging seen on The European Tour. With the sizeable Dragon Lake dominating down the right-hand side of the closing fairway, bunkers left, and a gargantuan putting surface to deal with, winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat holed a 12-foot birdie putt here in the first extra hole to beat home favorite Li Hao Tong to the title.

11) 11th at East London Golf Club

Tournament: Africa Open

Par/length: 4; 477 yards

Average: 4.44

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 26/189

The highest score recorded in the 2015 event: 8 – Tom Lewis

Played as a par five for the regular members, the 11th at East London is a lengthy, testing par four for the European Tour’s finest during the Africa Open. Despite the wide fairway and prevailing helping wind, plenty of towering pine and gum trees are ready to accept a wayward ball. Extraordinarily, England’s Seve Benson made eagle here on the third day.

10)  9th at Hong Kong Golf Club

Tournament: UBS Hong Kong Open

Par/length: 4; 493 yards

Average: 4.44

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 19/186

The highest score recorded in the 2015 event: 7 – Three players

Dogleg left, narrow as anything with trees encroaching either side of the fairway and almost 500 yards in length to boot. To put it another way, the world-class trio of winner Justin Rose, plus his Ryder Cup teammates Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter, were a combined seven over par on this hole in October. Testing.

To see the other 9 toughest holes on the European Tour, go here!

Source: europeantour.com  Will Pearson

Pictures: europeantour.com

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