UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte confirmed with USGA executive director Mike Davis that the final hole at Chambers Bay will play as a par 5 for Sunday’s final round.
Numerous sources within the USGA have said Davis planned to play the closing hole as a par 4 and the first hole as a par 5 for the final round, after swapping par on the holes each day this week.
According to Rosaforte, Davis made the decision to play the closing hole as a par 5 on Saturday when the forecast called for winds out of the west for the final round.
Numerous players, including co-leader Jordan Spieth, have questioned the final hole as a par 4.
“I think 18 as a par 4 doesn't make much sense,” Spieth said on Friday after making a double bogey-6 at the last. “You can hit it down the left center of the fairway and still end up in the right bunker in trouble. There's a group of about 10, 12 guys that can fly it 310 yards that have an entirely different hole to play there. For anybody else you have to hit it in a 5- or 6-yard area.”
For the first and third rounds, the 18th hole played as a par 5 and had a 4.955 and 4.893 scoring average, respectively. As a par 4 on Friday the average was 4.329.
It will mark the first time the U.S. Open has concluded on a par 5 since 2010 when the championship was played at Pebble Beach.