A finale worthy of a major?
Zac Blair talks through one of the toughest holes players will face in 2017.
The 4th hardest hole on the 2016 PGA Tour, Quail Hollow’s magnificent 18th is still the 494-yard beast of a par 4 it has been for years. The final challenge of the infamous Green Mile which begins at the 506-yard 16th, the closing hole is a gentle right-to-left dog-leg with a creek that runs all the way down the left side.
1 Hit a slight fade off the tee
I like to aim my tee shot down the left centre of the fairway and cut it towards the middle. Anything in the short grass allows you to be somewhat aggressive for your second, depending on where the pin is.
2 Avoid the creek left and bunker right
The key at 18 is to get the ball in the fairway. You must stay away from the creek and the bunker. Right is better than left certainly, but getting on in two from that bunker is a really demanding shot.
3 Club right to reach long, uphill green
Anything in the short grass allows you to be somewhat aggressive for your second, depending on where the pin is. It’s a long green and getting the uphill approach all the way to a back pin is a tough way to finish.