TROON, Scotland -- Rory McIlroy felt the wrath of the Postage Stamp.Strange, too, since this par-3 hole is more in line with what youd expect at the local muni, at least from a distance standpoint.If you get greedy at all there ..., said Kevin Na, his voice fading off.Enough said.The most famous hole at Royal Troon is one of the shortest youll find at any major championship. A mere 123 yards at its maximum, roughly the length of an American football field with the end zones included.But, ohhh, this tiny little patch of Scottish coastline, somehow crammed in between a gully and clinging to a sandhill at the far edge of the course hosting this weeks British Open, is a treacherous place indeed.Just ask McIlroy, who lofted a tee shot that drifted to the right during a practice round Tuesday.The ball skidded into a pin-high bunker, one of five penal pits strategically placed around the long but diabolically narrow green.McIlroy surveyed what he had done, and attempted to play out.Six swings later, he was finally on the green, having knocked three shots off the stacks of sod that line the pot bunker, two more that actually cleared the lip but rolled back into the sand.Had he actually been keeping score for real, it wouldve have been a 9.That didnt go too well, McIlroy said. There is a lot of sand in the bunker. So when the ball just trickles in back into the bunkers, it doesnt go into the middle. It sort of stays. Obviously that lip there is basically vertical, so it sort of just stayed there. And every time I tried to get it out, it would go back into the same spot.He can only hope that doesnt happen when the shots start counting for real on Thursday.Its one of those holes where you just try to hit it in the middle of the green, McIlroy said. Even though its only 115, 120 yards, you just have to not be that aggressive. Try to hit it in the middle. Hitting it into the middle of the green is a good shot, and then take two putts.While McIlroys struggles were a bit of an anomaly, European Tour up-and-comer Andrew Johnston endured what is likely to be a more common chain of events during the Open.Late in the afternoon, after the sun broke through the clouds for the first time in days and the nearby Irish Sea glistened in the glow, Johnston struck a tee shot that was right on the flag, careering into the green about 6 feet short of the cup.Then, the ball spun back off the ledge that serves as another line of defense, not stopping until it had dropped into the front bunker.Unlike McIlroy, Johnson got it out with one swing, the ball stopping about 12 feet past the flag. But the treacherous downhill putt came up short, leaving him with a bogey if he was actually keep score.Even for the best players in the world, par is an acceptable score.If you make four 3s there this week, McIlroy said, youre probably going to gain a bit of ground on the field.The hole got its name when two-time Open champion Willie Park Jr., writing in Golf Illustrated sometime after the turn of the last century, described it as a pitching surface skimmed down to the size of a postage stamp.The name stuck, and it couldnt be more appropriate.Its a special hole the way that the short par 3s of this world are special, said Colin Montgomerie, no doubt referring to others such as the 155-yard 12th at Augusta National.Theres never been a decent par 3 over 200 yards, in my opinion, built. (At) 123 yards, the expectation raises dramatically into, you are on that tee and you are a professional golfer, its your job and youre expected to hit this green at 123 yards. You could throw it on, really. I wish I could. And thats why its difficult.When the pin is at the back of the green, the Postage Stamp is especially challenging.You have to hit a shot where you know you are going to come up short, or just play to a certain spot, rather than whacking one up there and hoping for the best, Matthew Southgate said. Its one of them where you have to be precise. Ive got my mind on picking a small target and forget where you are, hit a good yardage and dodge the bunkers.On a calm day, it can be easy pickings for the pros.Of course, this being Scotland, the wind is usually blowing.Thats when the misery really begins.Anyone who wants to see potential train wrecks, if its blowing hard into it off the left, that would be the place to sit, Henrik Stenson said. On the scorecard, it doesnt look much, but when the wind is blowing and youve got to be precise with a 7-, 8-, 9-iron, something like that, into the wind there, its quite tricky.Thats what makes a marvelous hole.The Postage Stamp certainly delivers.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry . Custom Yankees T-shirts . Howard Ganz, an MLB lawyer, said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos that Rodriguezs claims do not come "remotely close" to what is needed to overturn an arbitration decision in federal court. Authentic Custom Yankees Jersey .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. http://www.customyankeesjersey.com/ . If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. 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BOSTON -- David Ortiz celebrated two milestones on one hit and the Boston Red Sox survived two very close calls.Ortizs solo homer in the fifth inning Friday night was his 2,000th hit with Boston and 522nd career home run, moving into sole possession of 19th place on baseballs all-time list and breaking a tie he held with a trio of Hall of Famers including Red Sox great Ted Williams.The man did it all, Ortiz said of Williams after Bostons 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.Ortiz and Mookie Betts had three hits apiece for the Red Sox, who held on after a taking a 5-0 lead and handed the Angels their fourth straight loss and 10th in 11 games. Brock Holt had two doubles in his return to the lineup after missing more than a month with a concussion.C.J. Cron hit a grand slam for the Angels, who lost yet another game and a crucial ninth-inning challenge.Los Angeles nearly scored the tying run in the ninth but Mike Trout had to stop at third on Daniel Navas ground-rule double down the right-field line that bounced over the short wall. The Angels challenged, saying a fan touched the ball while it was still in play, but after a brief video review the call on the field stood.I dont know what theyre looking at in New York, but that ball is absolutely in the field of play when that fan touches it, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. Absolutely. Its a joke.Craig Kimbrel finished up for his 17th save. Knuckleballer Steven Wright (9-5) got the win despite struggling with his control when the rain got heavy in the sixth. The rain delayed the game for 1 hour, 35 minutes.The Angels had the potential tying run on third in the eighth when Johnny Giavotella tripled to left-center with one out. The Angels tried getting him home with a safety squeeze that reliever Koji Uehara foiled with a great defensive play. Uehara scooped up Carlos Perezs bunt and flipped the ball with his glove to Christian Vazquez in time to tag Giavotella at the plate.Key play that takes you back to spring training, Boston manager John Farrell said. Thats something you do repetitively for 45 plus days and it showed up to be a pivotal play.Ortiz hadnt homered since tying Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas on June 17 against Seattle.dddddddddddd. Ortiz broke the tie with a line drive to right to put Boston up 3-0 in the fifth.Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a single and scored on a double by Holt, who scored on a single by Vazquez to put Boston up 5-0.The rain started after Ortizs homer and was falling steadily by the top of the sixth, when Wrights shutout bid unraveled quickly. The knuckleballer struggled in the weather and the Angels loaded the bases with nobody out for Cron, who drove a 3-2 pitch over the Green Monster.Just looking for a pitch in the zone and I think I got it, Cron said. Its cool. Any first in this league is awesome.That was all for Wright, who allowed four runs on eight hits, walked three and struck out three.Jhoulys Chacin (2-5) allowed five runs on 12 hits in just 4 2/3 innings.NEXT UPNow alone at 19th on the all-time home run list, Ortiz trails No. 18 Jimmie Foxx (534) by a dozen and Mickey Mantle (536) for 17th. Ortiz, who is planning to retire at the end of the season, said he isnt looking at his statistics.One day I will, but right now I dont have time, he said.GOOD KIDBoston RF Beets had a much lighter outlook on Navas ground-rule double and the young fan who touched the ball.I think that ball was going to come back in play and obviously Trout is probably going to score on that ball, Betts said. Fortunately, he has pretty good hand eye coordination.TRAINERS ROOMAngels: LHP Andrew Heaney (torn ulnar collateral ligament) underwent Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles, likely sidelining him until the 2018 season.Red Sox: Holt was activated and start in left field, his first game since going on the concussion DL as of May 19. Holt had one of the defensive plays of the night in the fourth when he threw out Cron at second as he tried to stretch a line drive into a double.UP NEXTAngels: LHP Hector Santiago (4-4, 5.27) returns after getting tagged for six runs on seven hits and walks in a no-decision Sunday against Oakland.Red Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz (3-8, 5.90) is 0-2 in his return to the rotation after spending a few weeks in the bullpen. ' ' '