The PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester promises to be an exciting golf tournament, although your guess is as good as ours when it comes to who will win. The tournament runs from August 5 – 11, so there is still some time for Tiger to heat up and get back in control of the golf universe.
Any true golf fan loves watching the course itself almost as much as the golfers, and Oak Hill promises to have some challenges in store this August. Here are 5 holes to watch during PGA Championship weekend.
The third hole at Oak Hill is a short one, just 214 yards. This par 3 has a smaller than average green with deep bunkers on either side of it. Missing the ball long and right leaves a golfer almost zero chance of getting up and down, and there are typically very few birdies on this hole.
The Sixth hole is another par 3, and this one is even shorter than the third hole. Unlike the third hole, the sixth is relatively easy and by far the easiest of the par 3s. This hole is fun to watch because there is always the possibility that someone will get a hole-in-one. Back in 1989, the US Open was held at Oak Hill and four golfers aced this hole in the first round.
The 12th hole is a par 4 that measures 372 yards. The long hitters on tour can sometimes get to within 50 yards of the green because of a slight downhill slope in the fairway. Even modest hitters will leave themselves with a short iron shot to the green. This hole is fun to watch to see if players make the smart move and hit a long iron off the tee or blast it with the driver to see just how close they can get to the green.
The 15th hole is a 181 yard par 3 that plays onto a narrow green and has a water hazard to the right of the green. Bunkers are on the left side of the green and hitting it too far leaves a tricky up and down, but the real fun is seeing those splashes that occur when the wind is blowing to the right or a golfer has one get away from him a little.
The 18th is a par 4 that measures 497 yards, making it a great finishing hole, especially if it is going to decide the tournament. Players need to hit a solid drive if they hope to reach the green in two, but there are several problems on the fairway that can make this a challenge. Bunkers, hills and trees make an accurate tee shot a must, but the fact that players have to hit it far can make tee shots a little erratic. There is a slope leading up to the green, meaning players have to land right on it, but it is also quite shallow which calls for great distance control on the approach shot. The 18th hole requires every facet of good golf in order to find success.
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