Open[ edit ] Main article: U. Open golf The U. Open was won by Tiger Woods , the only player to break par for the tournament. It was seen as one of the most difficult and exciting U.
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The modern player hits the ball so far. If a typical hole round of golf is a 5-mile walk, Bethpage is about a 6-mile walk. This is a big, big walk. If the weather is benign, I like This is a chance to get in the red from the start, especially for the big hitters who can make the trees down the right side irrelevant. Pro tip "The key to No. The longer hitters are going to take it over the corner.
But the key to the first hole is to put the ball in the fairway. You are almost better off being slightly left than you are being slightly right. A dogleg left with an elevated second shot awaits the players.
Open June or the Barclays August. Pro tip "Just a long iron or a hybrid or a fairway wood off the tee to put the ball in the fairway. The green complex is significantly elevated. When the green is firm, it can be very challenging to hold [the green] out of the rough. The scorecard for the average player has this hole at yards; the pros will play it at yards.
Just a wonderful par Again, elevation comes into play: You drop from the tee, then come back up the hill to the green. Pro tip "I think No. The bombers are going to fit it in there.
The green is not particularly deep. When the golf course is firm, it can be very challenging to hold. In the conditions we have right now, the players are going to be able to hold the green. More massive bunkers will be staring at the players as they stand on the elevated fifth tee. There is trouble down the right side and, you guessed it, another big climb to get to a small green protected by bunkers. The further left the pin placement, the more important it is to hit the ball on the right side of the fairway.
When the pin is on the left, the guys are going to have to keep the ball on the right side of that hole. Pro tip "It has an hourglass-shaped fairway. The length here is a challenge, as is the usual factor around this place: bunkers that require a long carry off the tee. Pro tip "The challenge here is that there are large trees on the right corner, and there is a massive bunker that players have to carry.
The par-3 is protected by a pond in front, a bunker left and a large tree right. The pin location will dictate the shot -- and which obstacle will be most relevant. Pro tip "The tree on the right is an issue for pins that are on the front half of the green.
That green is 44 yards deep, and there is a back tier. I think that when the pin is in the back, the players are going to fly it all the way back there, which would take the ball right over the tree. When the pin is on the front half of the green and on the right side is when that tree will come into play. Open, a new tee has been added to this sweeping dogleg left.
The players have choices off the tee, and those choices will dictate what comes next. You can take on the bunker up the left side or play a bit safer to the right of it. The big hitters have a big advantage here. Wind direction is going to determine how much of a birdie hole the ninth is. Players who have to play wide right of the bunker end up in a gully in the fairway that is a blind second shot of about yards.
What you see is what you get. That leaves the objective pretty simple: Find the fairway. There are bunkers right and bunkers and fescue left off the tee. There are a host of bunkers in front to protect the green.
Pro tip "The fairway ends about 90 yards short of the green. If you miss the fairway, it can be challenging to get the ball over the bunkers and the gully. I think about a Jordan Spieth when I think about that kind of player. This could be a place where he turns his year around. The 11th green has some character to it -- a two-tiered green with a false front.
The player needs to decide on a line before stepping up and letting it rip. The farther left you hit the ball, the shorter the hole is going to be.
If you fly it over the left side of the bunker, you got another 20 yards of bluegrass you have to cover to get it to the fairway. This one, on this particular week, is going to be tough, given the rain that has hit the Northeast leading into this PGA Championship.
Pro tip "If it were firm, I would say yes [players can get there in two]. It depends on the wind direction. So to get there in two, you need to hit a good tee shot, then cover the cross bunker [in front] with a 3-wood. You never know with these guys. Rory [McIlroy] hits the bejeezus out the ball. Trouble lurks ahead once you cross Round Swamp Road.
Players will want to take advantage of a fairly benign shot across the valley to a narrow but long green. The biggest challenge on the hole is the crosswinds. Well, there is no more noticeable spot on the course than the second shot to No. For a professional, the trudge up the hill -- remember, Bolling said the walk might be the most challenging part of Bethpage Black -- is significant.
The approach is to a green protected by bunkers, including a front trap in which a player of modest height might get lost. Pro tip "I would say that shot plays about 10 yards uphill for the Tour player and closer to yards uphill for the average golfer. The bunkering up by the green is very challenging. If I hit the ball in the rough off the tee, I feel like I have a better chance to make par if I lay up to yards short of the green in the fairway than if I try to cover the bunkers.
The rise to get to the 15th green leads to a downhill tee shot on While long, it looks relatively straightforward, with a few trees down the left side and a couple bunkers guarding the green.
Pro tip "The fairway is very challenging to hit because you get big crosswinds on that tee. If you drive the ball in the left rough, there is a tree down the left side that will be a factor. The problem with the right rough is you have no angle to the opening in front of the green. The green is well-bunkered on the right. The green, stretching 43 yards wide, is huge. A quick glance makes it seem like there are bunkers just about everywhere.
Pro tip "This a fantastic par I like to think of the 17th as two separate greens: a right green complex and a left green complex. The carry to the left green complex, in addition to being 10 yards farther, has more elevation. In my opinion, if you are going to have a signature hole on this golf course, other than the fourth hole, it would be the 17th.
Once there, you will find one of the more spectacular views in golf, with the Black Course stretched out before you with the green framed by the clubhouse behind. And at last, after a long walk up and down the hills, a gift: This is a birdie. Pro tip "For this tournament, they put in a series of new bunkers on the right side that narrowed the fairway considerably.
The fairway is extraordinarily well bunkered on both sides. While you can get a good lie in those bunkers, you can also find a disaster in there.
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