Ocean Course setup lacked creativity this week


KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Be it a byproduct of the wind, weather or simply a lack of interest, the set-up this week at the Ocean Course lacked the creativity that has become the calling card of major championships of late.

Not once during the 94th PGA Championship did officials move to the forward tees on the par-4 12th or 13th holes. Both holes were pegged as potential risk/reward holes but played well over 400 yards every day.

Nor did the PGA of America show much variety at the par-3 17th hole, which played 229, 217, 219 and 233 yards for Rounds 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively. In fact, the total yardage for the Ocean Course, at 7,668 yards the longest in major championship history, varied just 200 yards throughout the week.

The wind, which reached 30 mph on Friday but settled as the weekend progressed, likely dictated how officials played Nos. 12 and 13. All four days those holes played into the wind, which would have likely prevented most of the field from attempting to drive the greens.