Isn't that the Practice Area? If so, then it makes sense to have it as such - at least to me. Doesn't (well, shouldn't) really affect the Drive, but deters folk from 'attempting the impossible' for their 2nd shot. I can't remember it even being a factor in the other (final few?) holes that adjoin it. Of course, they've used a different starting hole for The Open when it's at RL.The internal OOB at Royal Liverpool is rubbish, especially the 1st.