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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 193
I T MEASURES just 137 yards from the tips and most players in the field for the Players Championship will use a 9-iron or pitching wedge to cover the distance from tee to green. On any other stretch of TPC Sawgrass course it would be a straightforward shot no player could possibly fear and would be likely to yield a birdie opportunity. But even the best players in the world are prone to worry about the tee shot at the par-3 17th hole. Yes, it’s the shortest hole on the layout but with a green totally surrounded by water and swirling winds, it’s a do-or-die tee shot. The 17th at Sawgrass rarely decides who wins the Players Championship, but it regularly determines who loses. It is the island of broken dreams. When the Players title is on the line over the weekend – and the 25-metre bank to the left of the hole is tightly-packed with golf fans cheering loudly for stiffed shots and even louder for balls meeting a watery grave – the grip on that short iron can tighten significantly. There is, simply, nowhere to hide. A poor choice of club, a slightly quick swing or a swing lacking commitment is found out. Then comes the embarrassment of being undone with what is seemingly a simple little shot. The most recognisable hole in American golf almost didn’t happen. Former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman envisioned Sawgrass’s Stadium course to become the permanent host for the Players Championship. The Stadium concept called for large raised mounds to be incorporated into the Pete and Alice Dye design to act as natural grandstands during the tournament.
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