HOW HARD WILL THE COURSE PLAY

It’s really a pain in the ass tracking down old hole-by-hole stats before circa 2004. You would think that since score is what matters in golf, it would be easier. It is not.

Anyway, here’s a look at the distance of all holes played in the PGA Championship compared to the average score for the week:

Think that distance doesn’t matter?

It seems like I might be pretty good just going by the distance of the hole.

Here’s what I came up with for this year’s event based on that:

Hole

Yardage

Proj Avg.

1

454

4.223

2

512

4.467

3

475

4.311

4

219

3.236

5

565

4.689

6

425

4.101

7

184

3.089

8

467

4.278

9

426

4.106

10

442

4.173

11

457

4.236

12

551

4.631

13

372

3.879

14

468

4.282

15

260

3.408

16

476

4.316

17

207

3.186

18

507

4.446

TOTAL

7467

73.057

That seems a touch high (about 2 strokes higher than 2001), although the course has added around 300 yards from what I could tell. I might go back over this and take out Oakland Hills, which seemed to be exceptionally hard based on how the PGA has set it up the course in recent years. With more yards, and a slightly tougher set-up mentality I wouldn’t be surprised if the course played a little harder this time around.

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