Top 10 Finishing Holes

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 26, 2009, 5:00 pm

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No. 10 ' Harbour Town Golf Links
Verizon Heritage
Par-4, 452 yards
 

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Pete Dye: I think the out-of-bounds right dominates this hole. Theres plenty of room left but the more left you go, why, there's water so it just works on players minds and that's what the problem is.
 
Jerry Kelly: It's the widest fairway on Tour and it's still a tough drive. Up at the green the only bailout is short right and that's where you find just about everybody. It's still a tough up and down.
 
Nick Faldo: I think it needs a bunker in the middle of the fairway. An 80-yard-wide fairway? That's too easy these days. Id throw a bunker right in the middle so you have to make a choice of going left or right.
 
Woody Austin: The green is such a sliver especially because the wind is never straight in or straight down.
 


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No. 9 ' Plantation Course at Kapalua
Mercedes-Benz Championship
Par-5, 663 yards
 

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Jonathan Byrd: At the Mercedes-Benz Championship it always seems to be close coming down to the last hole. You've got a par-5, you've got a lot that can happen. It's such a big fairway that if you hit it in a 50-yard area it's going to get down that speed slot, so you almost get on that tee and say, Just don't hit a bad shot.
 
Dr. Robert Winters, sports psychologist: Its the longest hole on Tour but it's downwind, downhill most of the time. It's still a great hole though, because you've got to really be thinking that tee shot through.
 
Jerry Foltz, Golf Channel: Everything is an uneven lie ' uphill, downhill, side hill, whatever ' and the wind is always blowing. But if you chunk it or whiff it or you thin it, you're in the drink to the left and you're making at least a bogey. It's one of the top-five finishing holes on Tour in my mind.
 


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No. 8 ' Quail Hollow Club
Wachovia Championship
Par-4, 478 yards
 
Ken Duke: Sitting on the top of that hill visualizing down the fairway, you can't go left, obviously, and you can't go right because you've got the trees and the bunkers so you really just have to focus on it and hit it down the middle.
 
Woody Austin: You can't get there out of the fairway bunker unless you're one of the Louie-Long-Balls who can hit their 5-iron 220 yards out of the fairway bunker straight up, which I don't have.
 
Sean OHair: It can be one of those holes where you make birdie after hitting a good second shot or it can be one of those holes where you hit two good shots and still 3-putt and walk away scratching your head thinking, What just happened? Its definitely a hole where every single shot demands a 100% focus and concentration.
 


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No. 7 ' Riviera Country Club
Northern Trust Open
Par-4, 475 yards
 
Robert Allenby: The year I won, on Friday I hit 9-iron and then in the playoff I hit 3-wood.
 
Brandel Chamblee, Golf Channel: Its been beat up a little bit by technology, but in terms of all the history that has unfolded here and the beauty and the strategy of the hole, it's tough to beat.
 
Scott Verplank: Basically, you have a left-to-right stance and you need to hit a right-to-left shot, and the green slopes away from you.
 
Nick Faldo: Its one of the character holes on Tour.
 
Brian Hewitt, GolfChannel.com: There's something just beguiling about it. There's a mystic there that's very hard to describe.
 
Steve Flesch: For the second shot its just hard to judge the distance because the green sits on an angle at an elevation where it's hard to see how far up there on the green you have to land it. Two long, high, well-struck shots is the only way to play No. 18 at Riviera.
 


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No. 6 ' Valhalla Golf Club
Ryder Cup, PGA Championship
Par-5, 547 yards
 
Dr. Robert Winters: I had the great pleasure of being at Valhalla before they had the clubhouse; they had the golf course all sodded and prepared. I was standing on the 18th tee talking with one of the board of directors and not that Im some 21st century Nostradamus, but I looked at him and I said, Im dead serious, this hole right here is set up for great golf.
 
Ray Floyd: To reach this green in two you've got to drive the ball in the fairway. Left is bad, right's worse.
 
Kenny Perry: The first match [of the Ryder Cup] I hit it in the water on 18. There's history with me on the 18th hole. For some reason it hates me.
 
Hunter Mahan: You can make birdie, you can make eagle, and you can make a bogey. A lot of things can happen. I think it's a great match play hole.
 


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No. 5 ' Doral Golf Resort & Spa
WGC CA Championship
Par-4, 467 yards
 

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Scott Hoch: I have fond memories of this hole and it's also bit me a number of times too.
 
Steve Flesch: It's a great par-5 as far as Im concerned. Going into that hole if I made two 5s and two 4s Id be totally happy.
 
Tom Abbott, Golf Channel: We've seen the best player in the world play that as a par-5. That tells you how difficult it really is.
 
Curtis Strange: When you think about a hole before you get to that tee it shows me there's something other than, Its a tough golf hole. It gets in your psyche. I hate to admit this but when I was playing well my strategy on how to play 18 would dictate how well I was playing in the round.
 
Ken Duke: It's just plain intimidating. You've got to pop it pretty good to get on that left side. Then you've got another 210 or so into the green.
 


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No. 4 ' Bay Hill Club
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Par-4, 441 yards
 
Mike Johnson, Golf Digest: For some reason the tournament always seems to come down to this hole. A lot of it has to do with the fact that it's Arnie's tournament and you know Arnies there watching the finish.
 
Rex Hoggard, GolfChannel.com: Give the best player in the world three chances to make par on that hole and he may get it one time. That, to me, is a tough hole.
 
Brandel Chamblee: It's a brutal hole. That green back there is no wider than two or three coffee table lengths.
 
Steve Flesch: Knowing how they always set up Bay Hill with the four-to-five-inch rye grass rough, getting it in the fairway off the 18th tee is paramount.
 
Bubba Watson: When that pin's tucked back right, it looks like a divot. You're trying to hit to a divot!
 


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No. 3 ' TPC Sawgrass
The Players Championship
Par-4, 462 yards
 

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Ryan Herrington, Golf Digest: Everyone talks about the par-5 16th because of the risk-reward and because of the ability to make an eagle or make a double bogey, and everyone obviously talks about the island green on the 17th. The 18th hole is as challenging a hole as there is on that golf course.
 
Stephen Ames: When you stand up on that tee and the wind's blowing hard off the left it's tough to slide it over the water and bring it back into the fairway. Sometimes it comes, sometimes it doesn't. There's one particular little tree that sits out there about 290 yards. That's usually the only thing that I see when Im standing on that tee. That's the only thing you should be looking at.
 
Hal Sutton: At all costs youve got to hit the fairway. It's a tough, demanding second shot. A par's golden on this hole and if you get a birdie you got away with something.
 
Ryan Herrington: A par on this hole to win the Players Championship is as impressive a score as you're going to find in any big-time event.
 


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No. 2 ' Carnoustie Golf Links
The Open Championship
Par-4, 487 yards
 
Steve Sands, Golf Channel: The craziness thats happened on this hole validates how great it is. Its the best hole in the world with 18 on the tee box.
 
Brandel Chamblee: In terms of rating finishing holes, it might be the toughest hole in all of golf.
 
Alex Miceli, Golf Channel: Anyone who doesnt know what Barry Burn is, just ask Jean Van de Velde.
 
Rex Hoggard: In 08 we saw Padraig Harrington try to stick with his game plan and hit driver and see how that worked out. We had Sergio trying to lay back and give himself a chance just to put it in play. You had two of the best players at the time in the world and neither one of them could make a par.
 


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No. 1 ' Pebble Beach Golf Links
U.S. Open, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Par-5, 543 yards
 

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Kay Cockrell, Golf Channel: When you're out there you feel the magic. You cannot not feel the magic.
 
Steve Burkowski, Golf Channel: There are definitely more difficult finishing holes but, seeing the Pacific crashing up on the left and the tree, it's one of those holes that really puts the exclamation point on one of the great golf courses in the entire world.
 
Ryan Herrington: It's very underrated as a closing hole because you have the ability to make a birdie, but youve got to come through in the clutch.
 
Pete Dye: If you take the ocean away, its a good golf hole. But what makes it a great hole is that the next thing thats out of bounds is Japan.

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee:

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''


Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.

Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

What it means: Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday.