On the scorecard, it doesn’t seem too menacing — 1,100 yards, two par-fours broken up by a par-3.
But don’t let it fool you, the Green Mile is a beast.
And at the PGA Championship this weekend, the infamous three-hole stretch of Nos. 16, 17, and 18 at Quail Hollow is showing no mercy again.
We took a look at the numbers through the first three rounds to see exactly how painful the final three holes at Quail Hollow have been.
Of the 75 players who survived the cut, only five played the Green Mile under par through Round 2. Seven have played it even, while 63 have been over.
The average score on the par-11 Green Mile was 11.76. Per hole, that’s 0.25 strokes more than par for each, roughly five times harder than the other 15 holes are playing.
Among the 75 golfers still playing, there were no eagles, 57 birdies, 435 pars, 145 bogeys, 33 doubles, four triple bogeys, and one quadruple on the stretch through three rounds.
And of the three Green Mile holes, the par-4 18th has proven to be the hardest. The 75 players left combined to shoot 70-over on the final hole, an average of 0.31 strokes over par per player. The 18th has seen 12 double bogeys, a triple, and a quadruple among the 75 players left.
But there are some outliers:
Ryan Fox — who finished Saturday at 1-under, tied for 12th place — shot a combined 2-under on the Green Mile in his first three rounds. Fox birdied 16 in his first two rounds and shot par on 17 and 18 in all three.
On the other end of the spectrum is Russell Henley, who is 9-over on the Green Mile through three rounds. Henley carded a double-bogey on 17, then a bogey on 18 in his first round, bogeyed 16 and 18 in Round 2, and bogey 16, then triple-bogeyed 18 in his third round.
The 54-hole leader, Kevin Kisner, ended his third round at an impressive 7-under, and a large part of that may be due to his performance on the final three holes of the course — an even par.
The lesson? When it comes to the Green Mile, there is but one mantra worth following: Survive.