Four pin location options for the par-3 15th. Photo courtesy of the PGA of America.
At last week’s British Open, several golfers complained about the pin placement on several holes. Well if they want to complain about the pin placement next month at the PGA Championship, it might be hard to blame just one person.
That’s because, for the first time in history, fans will get to select where the pin will be placed on one hole at Oak Hill Country Club, sight of golf’s fourth and final major of 2013.
Thought up by North Palm Beach resident Jack Nicklaus and Kerry Haigh, the PGA’s chief communications officer, fans will get to select from four pin placement options on the 181 yard, par-3 15th hole. Nicklaus, who built the courses at Lost Tree Village in North Palm Beach and the Bears Club in Jupiter, won the PGA Championship at Oak Hill in 1980 and felt it would be a great way to get the fans even more involved.
“The chance for golf fans to interact with the PGA Championship and play a role in shaping the outcome of the final round fascinates me,” Nicklaus said in a release. “It’s like being able to call the shots during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl.”
None of the four selections present an easy opportunity for the professionals. Water waits for any shot that ventures too far right while three bunkers guard the left side of the green. To look at the four hole location options and to cast your vote, click the photo above or visit www.picktheholechallenge.pga.com.