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After a 39-year absence the British Open returned to Hoylake in 2006. In 1967 the par-72 layout played to a stroke average of 75.01. But in '06, as a result of warm weather and no wind, the scoring average plummeted to 72.37. It remains the lowest scoring average in relation to par at an Open Championship since 1991 at Royal Birkdale.

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Year

Course

Par

Scoring Avg.

Rounds Under Par

2006

Hoylake

72

72.37

190

2000

St. Andrews

72

72.39

185

2005

St. Andrews

72

72.67

183

1996

Royal Lytham

71

71.85

151

2010

St. Andrews

72

73.07

161

1992

Muirfield

71

72.28

132

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DAVID CANNON/R&A/GETTY IMAGES (HOYLAKE)

Hot Links Hoylake played so firm and fast in 2006 that Tiger Woods only hit driver once en route to victory.