Pick The Hole Location!
By Torleif Sorenson on 7/23/13
The U.S. Open may be the most "democratic" tournament in golf, but the USGA has never been so democratic as to let their fans (or us paying members) choose any of the hole locations.

But now, the PGA of America will.

Earlier today, the largest organization of teaching professionals in the United States announced their "PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus." The contest lets entrants choose one of four hole locations at the par-3 15th at Oak Hill CC, for the final round of next month's PGA Championship.

The contest serves four main purposes:
  1. To be easily-understandable and curious fun for viewers and golf fans;

  2. To educate golf fans on how course setup influences golfers' strategy in playing a hole;

  3. To help illustrate how major championship contestants receive hole-location information, and

  4. To help attract more people to the game.
The PGA of America have provided this voting page, with hole flyover videos and everything. When you enter the event, you have the chance to win a behind-the-scenes trip to the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky.

The PGA released these comments by Jack Nicklaus:
"The chance for golf fans to interact with the PGA Championship and play a role in shaping the outcome of the final round fascinates me. It's like being able to call the shots during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. In addition to playing a key role in the outcome of the Championship, golf fans can learn many aspects of on-course strategy, as The PGA of America and I present educational videos to enhance their golf experience. I believe this new concept will serve as an exciting hands-on learning experience for golf fans and I'm happy to be involved."
Actually, Mr. Nicklaus, it's even better than choosing a play during the Super Bowl — it is almost tantamount to letting fans choose a Super Bowl venue. (There's more than a few of us who would vote for Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, too.)

No matter how the contest turns out, this is a pretty interesting, fun, and (expletive deleted) clever idea.

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[ comments ]
GolfSmith7 says:
I just voted and I voted for position C. I think it is the toughest for a championship Sunday.
jasonfish11 says:
The bunker shot for position A would suck if you pulled the tee shot a little.
sjduffers says:
I agree with both of you guys: A and C seem the hardest, with C being longer and according to Jack Nicklaus the one you really play away from. I voted A.
mschad says:
C got my vote. It requires total confidence to go at it.
GolfSmith7 says:
I voted again today, C all the way!
beisenhauer says:
I voted for D. On Sunday I want to see pins that guys can challenge and separate themselves with a good shot and a look at making birdie.
sjduffers says:
@Golfmsith7, did you watch the video at the top of the page, where Jack comments on the various pin positions? He suggests that the only pin to really attack is D, and the one to really play away from is C. Based on that, I voted for A again.
GolfSmith7 says:
I watched the video and I don't care what Jack said. I want the toughest location come sunday and lets some disasters and some great shots to determine the champion.
jasonfish11 says:
I think A is tougher than C. Fir C you aim well left, put it in the fat of the green and hope to sink a long putt. A you really cant miss left or right.

If this were hole 18 and it was a must birdie for some on sunday then placement C would get my vote.
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