Open ChampionshipJuly 12, 2016

Watch Rory McIlroy make a 9 at Royal Troon's Postage Stamp

At the Open, a "wire camera" will run the length of the 123-yard Postage Stamp.
David Cannon/Getty ImagesAt the Open, a "wire camera" will run the length of the 123-yard Postage Stamp.

At 123 yards, Royal Troon's par-3 eighth in the shortest hole in the Open Championship rota. Known as the "Postage Stamp," the eighth's distance has produced plenty of aces -- most recently, Ernie Els in 2004, but Gene Sarazen's hole-in-one remains the benchmark, as the Squire accomplished said feat at 71 years old. Conversely, the hole is not a walk in the park. The Postage Stamp is known by locals as "Wee Beastie," and with good reason. A German amateur named Hermann Tissies recorded a 15 here in 1950, and it brought Tiger Woods down with a triple bogey in 1997.

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Rory McIlroy found himself on the business end of the Postage Stamp during Tuesday's practice round for the 2016 Open Championship, taking nine shots on the hole, including six from a bunker (sand shots start with four minutes left in video):

Wee Beastie, indeed.


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