How to Play Links Golf: High Escape from Fairway Bunker

The Open returns to Royal Portrush and Northern Ireland this week for the first time since 1951. The rugged Dunluce Links Course figures to provide a stern test for the best players in the world in the year’s final major, with the game’s oldest and most iconic trophy, the Claret Jug, on the line.

Royal Portrush has only 60 bunkers, the fewest of any Open venue, but avoiding them off the tee still remains a must. Find one of these deep fairway bunkers, and the penalty is usually a stroke. Or more. Just ask GOLF Academy lead coach Bobby Clampett, who held a 7-shot lead in the third round of the 1982 Open at Royal Troon, only to derail off the tracks with a triple bogey from a fairway bunker on No. 6.

All week long we’re sharing tips from our GOLF Academy lead coaches on how to best play links golf, and today, Clampett talks about what he learned from that incident at Royal Troon in 1982. Check out the following video to learn how to play an open-face cut shot with plenty of up and up to ensure you get out of these deep, menacing traps in one shot.