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Given the ideal scoring conditions – which the field took full advantage of – it’s no surprise to see that the easiest hole on the European Tour this year was found at Scottish Open host venue Gullane.

The tournament took place in the middle of a summer heatwave, which turned Scotland’s fairways from green to brown and created optimum conditions to shoot low scores.

That was certainly the case at Gullane, where only seven holes played over-par the entire week.

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The easiest of the lot? The 523-yard par-5 second.

The third as the members know it played an average of 0.81 strokes under-par across the four rounds, yielding 32 eagles, 299 birdies and 107 pars. There were only five bogeys and nothing worse.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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