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English Senior Open: Today's draw and Graeme Storm's top four
10:59am Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
09:40 Peter Mitchell ENG; Marc Farry FRA; Paul Way ENG;
09:50 Mike McLean ENG; Steve Van Vuuren RSA; Gerry Norquist USA;
10:00 Bill Longmuir SCO; Roger Roper ENG; Luis Carbonetti ARG;
10:10 Mark James ENG; Paul Wesselingh ENG; Barry Lane ENG;
10:20 George Ryall ENG; Wraith Grant ENG; Domingo Hospital ESP;
10:30 Kevin Spurgeon ENG; Des Smyth IRL; John Harrison ENG;
10:40 Miguel Angel Martin ESP; Andrew Oldcorn SCO; David J Russell ENG;
10:50 Gary Wolstenholme ENG; Gordon Manson AUT; Paul Eales ENG;
11:00 Steen Tinning DEN; Peter Fowler AUS; Simon P Brown ENG;
11:10 Gordon J Brand ENG; Graeme Bell ENG; José Rivero ESP;
11:20 Santiago Luna ESP; Philip Golding ENG; Gordon Brand Jnr SCO;
11:30 Graham Banister AUS; Bobby Lincoln RSA; Jean Laforce CAN;
09:40 Glenn Ralph ENG; José Manuel Carriles ESP; David James SCO;
09:50 Angel Fernandez CHI; Horacio Carbonetti ARG; Steve Cipa ENG;
10:00 Paul Curry ENG; Hendrik Buhrmann RSA; Stephen McAllister SCO;
10:10 Tim Thelen USA; Carl Mason ENG; Angel Franco PAR;
10:20 Rick Gibson CAN; Mark Wharton ENG; Stephen Bennett ENG;
10:30 Nick Job ENG; Mike Harwood AUS; Chris Williams RSA;
10:40 Ross Drummond SCO; Phil Jonas CAN; Pedro Linhart ESP;
10:50 Andrew Sherborne ENG; Philip Walton IRL; Mike Cunning USA;
11:00 Terry Price AUS; Gary Emerson ENG; Bob Cameron ENG;
11:10 John Gould ENG; Robert Thompson USA; Mark Belsham ENG;
11:20 Juan Quiros ESP; Jerry Bruner USA; Denis O’Sullivan IRL;
11:30 John Lindberg SWE; Denis Durnian ENG; Tony Charnley ENG;
Graeme Storm's favourite four at the English Senior Open
The Seniors Tour pros head out on to the Hurworth fairways today and Rockliffe Hall’s very own Graeme Storm picks out his personal top four on the long County Durham track
206 yards, Par 3
With water cutting in from the right and bunkers lining the green from the left, this is a really testing hole. Obviously you’re better off going for the left of the green to avoid the risk of landing in the water.
It will probably be playing 150-190 yards this week depending on wind direction. It’s a tight green and it’s all about carrying the water to stand the best chance of birdie, but the green does shape towards the water so the severity of the hole makes it a great one to play. Golfers will do well to get up and down in two putts.
384 yards, Par 4
The eighth runs parallel with the third. There are bunkers on the left of the fairway and water lines the right.
What makes it even more difficult is that the fairway does camber towards the water, so you are best avoiding that area.
The target line is to keep just to the right of the bunkers. The second shot is to a green guarded by a bunker so the sight to the bottom of the pin is blocked.
The right hand side of the green also rolls down, so the best way in is over the top of the bunker on the nearside left.
It will be rare that birdies are made on this hole and the second shot will be vital to those in with a chance of breaking par.
526 yards, Par 5
It’s important that the tee shot heads down the left side of the fairway because there are bunkers down the right. It’s a pretty straight hole but there is a fraction of a dog leg left.
The second shot is achievable to the green but all depends on the tee shot.
What I like is that it’s risk and reward.
You can take on the flag by going over the water just in front of the green to the left, but there are also rocks facing you if you decide to take it on. An eagle opportunity is certainly on, but failure to do that presents a good chance for birdie anyway.
The crucial second shot does tend to play longer than normal so it is best to club up for an approach of around 220-240 yards.
446 yards, Par 4
It’s a great par four, one you can have so much fun with which is why I like it. There are so many options available. If you go off the back tees then it’s a really long hole, but they could set it up from ladies tees which would make it a driveable green.
Tee shot is all-important to make sure you put yourself in a good position to reach the green with your second shot. The River Tees does come in to play a bit with your tee shot and on approach through the back.
It’s another risk-reward hole because there are occasions where you can go for the green from the tee box. It will be a fantastic hole over the next few days
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