Fans select difficult hole location for the 16th at Valhalla
By Bernie D'Amato under PGA Championship


The votes have been counted, and the fans of the 96th PGA Championship have selected a real doozy of a hole location on 16.

Here is the description of the location, courtesy of the PGA of America:

“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, 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 (emphasis added).

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.”