The 17th isn't particularly outstanding, though it is a little shaky coming through all the pines. The wind almost always blows right to left here. A driver off the tee will usually leave only a 7-iron at most to reach the putting surface.
The green is treacherous in that there is a ridge which completely bisects it. If you get on the wrong side of the ridge, woe is you. You are going have a long, long putt which simply can't be made unless you are very lucky.
Ask Ray Floyd, who was unlucky enough to come in on the wrong side in 1990 when he was leading the tournament. He hit a 9-iron approach left of the slope when the pin was tucked right. He three-putted and went on to lose to Faldo.
Seventeen has frequently made a difference in the final outcome, despite its lack on prestige. Jack Nicklaus holed perhaps the most famous putt here in winning in 1986. A snapshot went off just as the ball was going into the hole from 15 feet, the stroke that got him the lead. Nicklaus is in full stride, stretching out to his fullest as the ball goes into the cup. Scott Hoch missed a four-footer here for par in 1989, the year he got into a playoff and lost to Nick Faldo.
That same year, '89, Faldo canned a 30-footer. And Jose Maria Olazabal made a miraculous recovery from the Eisenhower Tree in 1999 to rescue a par and preserve his triumph.