PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Tough to say who has the meaner side, the voters who picked Sunday’s pin position at No. 15 for the final round of the PGA Championship or set-up man Kerry Haigh.
The voters selected a pin cut 25 paces deep and four paces from the right edge at the par-3 15th hole, which brings water into play short and right and little room to miss left, while Haigh’s handiwork suggests we’ve seen the end of the softer side of Oak Hill.
Asked if he would have chosen Sunday’s pin, Haigh said, “It would have been considered.” Keegan Bradley also pointed out before teeing off on Sunday that the people’s choice at 15 was a more forgiving location than what the PGA went with on Saturday, which was tucked deeper into the back right corner.
Half of Sunday’s holes are located five or fewer paces from an edge, including the short par-4 14th hole which is cut just four paces onto the putting surface.
Nor did PGA officials leave much room for players at Oak Hill’s two par 5s. At the fifth, the pin is tucked behind the left bunker, and at the 13th, a three-shot hole because of the positioning of Allen’s Creek, the pin is seven paces on.
The pin at the 18th hole, 13 paces on and 12 paces from the left edge, is similar to where it was for the final round in 2003 when Oak Hill last hosted the PGA and champion Shaun Micheel hit his final approach to inches for a tap-in birdie.
Sunday’s forecast will also put some teeth back in Oak Hill. Temperatures are expected to climb into the high 70s and winds will increase in the afternoon, drying out the East Course following Friday’s rain.