Just seen this on ESPN today.
For the first time in the 95-year history of the PGA Championship,
fans will play a role in the course setup for the tournament, which
starts Aug. 8 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
In the "Pick the Hole Challenge" sponsored by the PGA of America,
fans may vote on one of four pin positions for the final round for the
par-3, 181-yard 15th hole, the last par-3 on the 7,145-yard par-71
Donald Ross course.
Voting began Tuesday at PGA.com.
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the "Pick the Hole Challenge," fans may vote on one of four pin
positions on the par-3, 181-yard 15th hole for the final round.
The 15th is a downhill setup with two bunkers on the left side and
water on the right of a narrow green. This hole was chosen because of
its importance as a closing hole in the tournament and the plethora of
challenging pin locations.
According to Kerry Haigh, the chief championships officer for the PGA of America, there isn't an easy pin position on the hole.
who won the last of his five PGA Championships in 1980 at Oak Hill,
conceived the idea to involve fans in the pin-placement process.
"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 statement. "It's like being able to call the shots
during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl."
Course setup is generally the sole domain of the competition or championship committee at all professional golf tournaments.
At the PGA of America, Haigh oversees course setup for the PGA, the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
"A big part of this is not only to enhance participation and
interests among golf fans worldwide," Haigh said, "but also to educate
fans, spectators and non-golfers of the information that the best
players in the world have when they stand on the tee with their hole
sheet and yardage book and all the factors that they are considering for
Haigh hopes the contest gives fans valuable insight into the challenges of course setup in major championship golf.
"Our aim is to challenge the players and to make them think, but also
make sure that it's fair and good shots are rewarded," he said. "It's a
delicate balance. In setting those hole locations, you want to give a
variety of front, back, left and right so that players have to think
their way around the course and not be able to just stand up and hit it.
Creating that fair and challenging test creates excitement."
Voting ends at the close of the third round of the season's final major on Aug 10.
BTW i voted for C