It may be the most famous, or infamous, par 3 in golf. But is the tee shot on the par-3 17th at The Players Championship the most pressure-packed shot in tournament golf? Jason Sobel and Randall Mell weigh in with their opinions.
By JASON SOBEL
The erstwhile 'worst avid golfer in the world' once carded a 66 on the 17th hole, but the world's best golfers should be able to navigate the island green in about 63 fewer strokes.
At just 137 yards on the scorecard, this hole is simply a 9-iron or pitching wedge for the pros.
The only trouble here comes when the wind blows or the competitors try to get greedy and go for the flagstick.
So here's some advice: Don't do it. Even noted risk-taker Phil Mickelson has intimated that his strategy is to aim for the middle of the green. His fellow players should follow that lead.
Not only is the tee shot on 17 not the most daunting shot on Tour, it's not even the scariest on TPC-Sawgrass' closing holes. That honor goes to the approach into 18, which is guarded by a water hazard down the entire left side.
And if you're looking for another late par-3 that's tougher, check out the closer at East Lake. Not only is it longer and more difficult, but there's usually more than $1.7 million on the line, too.
By RANDALL MELL
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Yes. There are better shots required to more strategically clever holes.