Carnoustie is underwater, impressive images



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Carnoustie is underwater, impressive images

Impressive videos of the mythical Carnoustie course circulated this weekend after torrential rains. The Scottish track which has hosted The Open eight times has been completely covered by water after the infamous Barry Burn overflowed!

Carnoustie, situation

Carnoustie Golf suffered massive flooding this weekend. On the various videos published on twitter, it is impossible to recognize the journey that saw Francesco Molinari win his first major title in 2018.

The clubhouse and golf hotel are also right on the water. Considered one of the most difficult 18 holes in the rotation of the British major, it was also the scene of an unforgettable and cruel edition in 1999 when Jean Van de Velde had let slip, at the 72nd hole, a victory which tended to him his arms by putting his ball in particular in the "Barry Burn" which winds and blocks the entrance to the green of 18.

The course located in the east of Scotland receives with St Andrews and Kingsbarns, the famous Alfred Dunhill Links Championship each year. Carnoustie was not the only town in Scotland hit by heavy rain. The areas of Stonehaven and Inverurie suffered major power cuts and visitor centers had to be opened in Aberdeenshire after the risk of flooding increased.

Many rivers in the east of the country have burst their banks. Carnoustie Golf Links is one of the venues for the British Open and one of the 3 venues for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and is located in the small town of Carnoustie, Angus in eastern Scotland.

Because of its difficulties, Carnoustie was also known as Car-Nastie and feared as one of the most difficult open courses. Another special feature of the course is the Barry Burn - a small flow that runs through several fairways.

In both 1999 and 2007, the water hazard on the 18th hole made history and decided the outcome of the Open. Golf has been played in Carnoustie, just a few miles from St Andrews in Scotland, since the 16th century. The original original course (over 10 holes) already stretched along the Barry Burn.

Growing public interest prompted a first complete rebuild in 1867 and an expansion to 18 holes with Old Tom Morris. Further conversions were made by the architects James Braid in 1926 and James Wright in 1937. Later, the two newer 18-hole courses, Burnside and Buddon, were added.

To date, the British Open has been held eight times in Carnoustie. The decision in 1975, 1999 and 2007 was only made in the jump-off. The 1999 Open is closely associated with the name of French golfer Jean Van de Velde, who on the last hole of the championship, with a comfortable lead, sank his ball in the Barry Burn and failed in his attempts to play from the water.

In 2007, the Irish golfer Pádraig Harrington, after losing two balls on the 18th hole, managed to save himself in a play-off over 4 holes against the Spaniard Sergio García and win there by one shot. In 2018, Italy's Francesco Molinari clinched his first major tournament victory by 2 shots, also marking the first major tournament win by a European since April 2017.