The hole was originally called Ailsa after the rocky islet you can see from the tee. William Park wrote in ‘Golf Illustrated’ that the green was “A pitching surface skimmed down to the size of a postage stamp.” The official name for the hole was changed soon after.
Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, and Phil Mickelson all named the Postage Stamp as their favourite Championship hole when asked by the BBC.
In the 1989 British Open at Royal Troon Greg Norman shot a brilliant final round 64. He bogeyed one hole – the 123 yard 8th.
Rory McIlroy shows how tough it can be as he takes 6 to get out of one of the bunkers in a practice round.
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