BETHESDA, Md. – How can you tell a hole is playing tough? When the top five players on the leaderboard play it in a combined 7 over par in a single round.
That was the case on Congressional’s par-4 11th hole Saturday, as the 489-yarder ranked as the most difficult hole for a third consecutive day, yielding a scoring average of 4.571 while allowing just five birdies.
“Eleven is a good hole,” said co-leader Roberto Castro, who made bogey. “It's very penal, but the fairway's wide. It's a wide fairway with not much good. If you don't hit the fairway, you're not good. But the fairway itself is wide. It's a good length. Get a good tee shot, get a long iron in there, it's a good hole.”
“It is a really, really tough hole,” added Kokrak, who is one shot off the lead. “It's just a daunting tee shot downhill, but I think the second shot is one of the toughest in golf. I'm one of the longer players out here, and I hit a full 8-iron. I forget how far I had. It's a little bit up the hill. I just tugged it a little bit. I had the ball below my feet thinking it's going to cut a little bit. Just a little bit of a double cross and put it in the bunker. Hit a great bunker shot from the downslope to give myself a 10, 12 footer for par. Didn't hit a great putt there. But 11 is one of the toughest holes on the PGA Tour.”