No 9 - Carolina Cherry - Par 4 460 Yards


This is where the televised holes begin in earnest. It is a shot that goes down a valley, then the approach up again to the green. Between the drive and the hole-out is a whole host of things with which to concern yourself.
The hole has been lengthened 30 yards. The drive almost certainly must be struck down the right-center of the fairway. Most of the time, particularly when you are hitting into the wind, the second shot is going to be from downhill, a middle-iron shot to an elevated, wickedly sloping green. Generally, it's a 6- or 7-iron.
If the drive should hang up on the left side, you must shoot over two bunkers on the left side of the green. Most players will try to hook it just a little. But if you are going to miss the green, it's far more advantageous to miss on the right. There, without a bunker to worry about, the gallery will keep the ball from rolling too far.
The green is angled severely from back to front. From the back, it is very easy to putt it off the front.
In 1954, Billy Joe Patton scored a birdie every day on the hole, had a birdie there in a social round Monday, and birdied it in the first round of 1955. Jack Nicklaus started his express going in full force when he won in 1986 with a birdie from 15 feet.
Gary Player was undoubtedly thinking birdie there when his shot landed on the green several years ago. But it sucked back off the green and rolled down the fairway. His ensuing chip looked good for awhile, too, but gravity soon took hold and the ball again rolled back down the fairway.
Finally, his third try cozied up 18 inches from the cup. It was a very interesting bogey.