This is one of the most demanding and exciting finishing holes in the game. No. 18 played as the hardest hole on the course in 2001. This is the hole that Jerry Pate hit his famous shot 'heard round the world,' a 5-iron to within 2 feet to make birdie and win the 1976 U.S Open. This is where David Toms won the 83rd PGA Championship when he laid up short of the water, hit a wedge to within 12 feet and drained the putt for par to win by one over Phil Mickelson. Normally played as a par 5, this hole can play anywhere from 500 to 528 as a par 4. The length required on this dogleg left tee shot will all but force the player to draw the ball around the corner. Widest fairway on the course at 30 yards and players normally need it here. A tee shot that hangs too far right may have trouble reaching the green with the second shot as bunkers guard the right side of the fairway. A large lake comes into play at the left corner of the dogleg and continues down the left side. Even with a perfectly placed tee shot, the player still has a long second that has to be hit near perfect to avoid trouble. The green is undulating, well-protected with bunkers left and surrounded by water front and right. Look for the flag to be cut the same place it always is for Sunday's final round, front left. Hopefully, the crowd surrounding the 18th will have an opportunity to see another great shot decide another great championship.
Hole descriptions provided by Rick Anderson, PGA Master Professional, Director of Golf, Atlanta Athletic Club.