Graeme McDowell latest to be victimized by perplexing 13th hole
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The par-4 signature 13th hole at Valhalla Golf Club was playing as the seventh easiest hole on the course through two rounds of the PGA Championship.
The 342-yard hole with an island green has been a place where golfers can make a birdie, but it’s also been a tough hole for some players.
And it claimed another victim early Saturday in the third round.
Graeme McDowell finished his round with an even-par 71 score despite a quadruple-bogey 8 on the 13th hole. He’s now 1-over-par 214 though three rounds.
“I played beautiful this morning,” McDowell said. “It’s so disappointing to make an elementary quadruple bogey. It’s a card-wrecker, a tournament-wrecker, a weekend-wrecker, all of the above."
McDowell hit a drive down the middle of the fairway and was 102 yards out on his second shot with a gap wedge in his hands.
“It’s a tough little right pin position,” he said. “And the first ball, I really think it was a wet, mudball. I was trying to hit a little draw in there left of the pin and it stayed.”
The ball hit and one-hopped into the hazard. He went to the drop zone and then “just hit a bad shot,” back into the hazard. McDowell ended up with an 8.
“Very disappointing,” he said. “Otherwise, a great round.”
McDowell had four birdies and no bogeys otherwise.