Fans select 16th hole location for the 96th PGA Championship final round
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- For the second year in a row, golf fans had a part in setting up potential major championship drama in the PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus Presented by Samsung.
Thousands of golf fans over the past two weeks have visited PGA.com, and chose “Hole Location A” from among four options for the location of the 16th hole at Valhalla Golf Club during Sunday’s final round. “Hole Location A” received 52 percent of the overall vote. The 16th has been the No. 3 most difficult hole through three rounds of the championship, and was the No. 2 most difficult hole in the 1996 and 2000 PGA Championship. In 2000, Tiger Woods birdied the 16th in his epic championship playoff with Bob May.
As a result, Sunday’s hole location on No. 16 will be placed 25 yards from the front of the green -- and just 6 yards from the left edge of the green, which features a drop-off to a closely mown chipping area to the right.
The selection by the fans means that the deep bunker on the left will almost certainly come into play, setting up a dramatic decision for the world’s best players on the long par 4 at the 96th PGA Championship. During Sunday’s final-round coverage on TNT and CBS, viewers will be able to see the winning hole position.
A collaborative learning experience between the PGA of America and record-tying, five-time PGA champion Jack Nicklaus, the “PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge” is designed to educate fans on how course setup impacts a golfer’s strategy in playing a hole; attract more people to the game through interactive fan engagement; and help explain what hole location information players are provided each day.
“The PGA of America is excited to once again have such a positive response from golf fans for the PGA Championship Pick the Hole Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus,” PGA President Ted Bishop said. “We believe that the PGA Championship is the most engaging major for golf fans worldwide, and we are pleased with the results. Just as important, the players recognize the initiative continues to build opportunity for fans to be part of a major championship.”
New this year, World Golf Tour (WGT.com) provided an interactive experience, which allowed fans to virtually “play” each of the hole locations on PGA.com before entering their selection.