WATCH: Remember when Rory McIlroy took six shots to escape a bunker?

Even the best guys out there can struggle.

Rory McIlroy left Troon’s 8th green with some useful information: don’t hit your tee shot into the green side bunker. Rory’s playing partners Andy Sullivan, Bernd Wiesberger and Matthew Southgate, watched on with delight as the world number four hacked away with amateurish ineptitude.

This happened during the practise round at this year’s Open Championship. McIlroy’s adventure begins at the 5:35 mark, or enjoy the Golf Gods honkey tonk edit.


In Scotland the bunkers aren’t there for show, they are there to penalise a player for missing the target. There’s no such thing as a hybrid from the sand at Troon – as it should be.

The challenge of the course lies in the subtly of the bunkers and the ever-present wind. The Postage Stamp – aka home of Rory’s horror bunker performance – will play a little over 100-yards throughout the week. It is in my opinion, a symbolic indication of what links golf is all about. It’s nothing like the 290-yard monster we saw at Oakmont, a pointless, pathetic excuse for a par-3.

Bunkers are a little different across the pond… #theopen

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