The rally-killing Par-3 hole #17
Most holes, most every golf hole in all of golf has one side that's a severe penalty and the other side that's open, that's playable. And this is one of the few holes that I can think of that has no bail-out, that has no margin of error, that has no area for recovery. It's an all-or-nothing type shot. Very few holes have that, are like that.
It's fantastic because you know all day, you know 17 is coming. You put it out of your mind all day, and when you get to the middle of the 16th fairway, it's sitting right there, you cannot look, you've got to have a look. And it's just it's a fabulous hole, it's just a wedge or a 9 iron but it creates havoc in everyone's mind. I think that's what makes the drama of this tournament and this course.
It is like having a 3 o'clock appointment for a root canal. You're thinking about it all morning and you feel bad all day. You kind of know sooner or later you've got to get to it.
The only way to improve it would be to put the green on a barge and have it float around the lagoon.
If I were commissioner for a day, what would I do with it? ... That's a good question. Can it be a major championship with an island green? But then you go back and say would it have grown as fast if it didn't have that recognizable hole? And it's probably the one hole in golf that more people want to play to see if they can do it.
Oh, that green was enormous. I've made birdie there all the time on the computer.
The easiest par five on the course.