Saturday, August 10

PGA Championship: Nearly 100K Fans Pick Sunday's 15th Hole Position

By PGA of America

[M]ORE THAN 92,000 VOTES WERE CAST on, Facebook and Twitter over the past 19 days in the "PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus." The fans selected "Hole Location C" from among the four options for the official location of the 15th hole at Oak Hill Country Club during Sunday's final round of the season's final major.

As a result, Sunday's hole location on No. 15 will be placed 25 yards from the front of the green, and just 4 yards from both the right side of the green and the lake that borders the right edge of the green. The selection by the fans means that the water hazard will almost certainly come into play, setting up a dramatic, risk-reward decision for the world's best players on the final par 3 of the 95th PGA Championship. During Sunday's final-round coverage on TNT and CBS, fans will be able to see the winning hole position live.

"The PGA of America is excited by the extremely positive response we have received for the PGA Championship Pick the Hole Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus," said PGA President Ted Bishop.

"Our goal was to ensure that golf fans worldwide were more engaged with the 95th PGA Championship than ever before, and we are delighted with the results. Just as important, the players have been very complimentary about the interactive nature of the initiative and the innovative opportunity for fan participation."

The recently redesigned 15th hole at Oak Hill is a difficult downhill 181-yard par 3 that requires a mid-iron to a narrow green. The picturesque lake along the right side of the green is the big concern for players, especially when the prevailing wind is blowing toward the hazard. A steep drop-off also lurks on the backside of the green and three bunkers accentuate the left side.

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