When I hear the word “Carnoustie” the image of a previously unknown French golfer standing in the Barry Burn with his trousers rolled up above his knees, comes to mind. Jean Van de Velde’s nightmarish 18th hole on the Sunday evening of the 1999 Open was like something from “Happy Gilmore” or “Caddy Shack” as his ball ended up in all sorts of unlikely places, so Carnoustie is therefore a good place to talk about the rules of golf.
This video dropped into my in-box at the weekend and takes us through Van de Velde’s 72nd hole, alongside Padraig Harrington’s in the 2007 Open. Standing on the 18th tee both men had reasonable leads, however, as you may remember, both ended up in pay-offs!
Watch the video to see what happened, hear about the rules and see a few other parts of the course.