UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Jordan Spieth completed his second round Friday and declared the par-4 18th hole "dumb." On Sunday, it could be the only thing standing between him and winning the U.S. Open.
In an Open first, par for the first and 18th holes have been different each day. Rounds 1 and 3 the first hole was a par 4 and the 18th was a par 5. In Round 2 the first hole was a par 5 and the 18th was a par 4. It’s expected to be that way again for the final round.
Spieth’s beef with the 18th as a par 4 is that there is no landing area off the tee. There’s a bunker down the right side of the fairway that collects tons of golf balls. If you hit the ball down the left side of the fairway, it often runs out so much that it still rolls across the fairway and still finds the same right bunker.
If Spieth stands on the 18th tee Sunday and needs par to win the Open, and his second consecutive major, he’s going to have a decision to make. It’s one he’s already thought about.
“There’s an option to maybe play it down No. 1 and have a good angle in,” Spieth said, noting that it’d be worth considering even though it would make the hole play 20 yards longer. “It’s all going to be based on the position I’m in. I hope to be able to hit 6-iron off that tee, but that would mean things would have to go very well before that.
“There’s a good chance it comes down to that hole. Just going to have to manage the shots.”