The elevation is rare for links golf, especially courses in the British Open rotation
, and there are fewer pot bunkers.
"People who knew about links always said Carnoustie was the toughest of the Open rotation
Johnson claimed his second major title by defeating Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a play-off at St Andrews last month despite previously stating the Old Course was his least favourite on the Open rotation
Hoylake when it's green is there to be attacked -- it's the only course on the Open rotation
with four par 5s.
"It's not my favourite in the Open rotation
," he said.
"My favourite course on the Open rotation
is Muirfield," he said during an unguarded moment in Dubai earlier this year.
Carnoustie already had a well-deserved reputation as one of the toughest courses on the Open rotation
before it staged the 1999 championship, but that reputation did not last the week.
The South African was also a fan of the Hoylake course, which returned to the Open rotation
after an absence of almost four decades.
Andrews up in the Open rotation
system to give Nicklaus one last chance to play on his favourite links course.
Wolverhampton's Peter Baker had earlier struck the first shot of the championship at 7am, and immediately became the first victim of the daunting opening hole, described by Tom Watson as the hardest on the Open rotation
The 39-year-old American claimed his second Major by beating Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a play-off at St Andrews last month, despite previously stating that the Old Course was his least favourite on the Open rotation
The R&A has not decided whether Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland will become a permanent addition to the British Open rotation
, but it will not remove one of the nine existing clubs.