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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 213
Woods’ first visit to the Minnesota course was for the 2002 PGA Championship, when despite piling on the pressure with four consecutive birdies to end his tournament, Woods was upstaged by a single stroke as Rich Beem produced the only decent major performance of his career to deny him. But the Hazeltine memory that must really sting is the 2009 PGA, which became the first and only time that Woods held a 54- hole lead at a major and didn’t go on to win. And again it was a blink-and-you’ll-miss- him blip on the PGA Tour radar who ruined Woods’ day, as Y.E. Yang shot a 70 to Woods’ uncharacteristically wayward final day 75 to eclipse him by two strokes. Clearly, Hazeltine is a theatre with a habit of delivering the kind of high drama worthy of major event status. Now couple that with the Ryder Cup, where the significance and pressure on every shot and moment are magnified exponentially, and we’re all but guaranteed one hell of a ride. If you ask the United States team, those moments are likely to happen on the par fives. The home team admitted this month that miserable performances on par fives were the primary reason behind its defeats at recent Cups, so you can count on them being dialed in for the course’s longest holes. The first three- shotter comes just three holes in – a 633- yard test [pictured] that has bunkers on the left and rough on the right off the tee, then invites a riskier second shot up the left hand side if players don’t want to be left with a third shot well below the hole. Fast forward to the 6th and you’ll find the launchpad for Tiger Woods’ back nine tilt in 2002. At that event the hole was played as the 15th, and gave up the first of four Woods birdies as he made his late charge at Beem. The back nine will be fascinating. THE US TEAM ADMITTED THAT MISERABLE PERFORMANCES ON PAR FIVES WERE THE PRIMARY REASON BEHIND ITS DEFEATS AT RECENT CUPS, SO YOU CAN COUNT ON THEM BEING DIALED IN FOR THE COURSE’S LONGEST HOLES.
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