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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 198
Hole One 441-metre, par-4 I T’S a hole that tumbles downhill in more ways than one. Rocky starts are commonplace at Oakmont – just ask Aaron Baddeley. The putting maestro nursed a two- stroke lead into the final round of the 2007 US Open and 15 minutes later trailed by a shot after he hacked and putted (and putted, and putted) his way to a catastrophic triple-bogey 7 that had 73 more hits after it. Other Sunday notable occurrences at Oakmont’s opener: Johnny Miller birdieing it (and the next three holes) en route to his famous and oft-recalled 63 to win in 1973, and Ernie Els’ drop in 1994 when USGA rules committee chairman Dr Trey Holland incorrectly gave him line-of-sight relief out of a hideous lie in the left rough because of a perfectly mobile TV camera forklift further down the hole. Because an official decreed it OK, Els received no penalty then won the championship a day later in a Monday playoff. UNLOCK SECRET
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