Jason Day

Fearsome 6th hole the ultimate test at Birkdale

Martin Kaymer was approaching the sixth tee during a practice round at Royal Birkdale when he told his playing partners that he was calling it a day.

He walked up the fairway and off into the distance, leaving Paul Broadhurst and Richard Bland to debate the tee shot.

Quite a few other golfers might like to avoid the hole at this British Open.

A 499-yard par 4 this year, the left-to-right dog-leg has played the hardest hole on the course in each of the last two Opens at Birkdale — in 1998 and 2008. In '08, the scoring average was 4.77, making it the second most difficult hole at an Open Championship from 1982-2016 after the 17th at St. Andrews in 1984. There were...