R&A to lengthen Road Hole for 2010 British Open

October 16, 2009

The Royal and Ancient is lengthening the famous 17th hole of the Old Course at St. Andrews for next year's British Open.

The tournament organizers are changing the Road Hole from 465 yards to 490 yards in time for the competition's 150th anniversary edition.

The R&A says the change means that "an increased premium will be placed on an accurate drive of sufficient length ... encouraging players to take the driver from the tee."

The move is the only significant change planned for the Old Course for the 2010 championship.