Now among the most demanding finishing holes in golf, this
uphill dogleg right is protected off the tee by two deep bunkers
at the left elbow -- the only bunkers in play off the tee on the
back nine (except for par 3s). Trees get in the way of a drive
that strays to the right. A middle iron typically is required to
a green that has a bunker in front and to the right.
Beem's take: "I get goosebumps every time I play it.
I get so nervous no matter the situation. The tee shot is such a
narrow chute. Until you stand there looking up at it, you forget
how narrow it is. There are two bunkers directly out in front of
you, but for most guys, they're fairly unreachable. You try to
hug the left side of the fairway as much as you can. If you miss
it out right, you'll be blocked. It's a slight dogleg to the
right, so you have to hit it down the left side to have any sort
of shot. Second shot, depending on the wind, could be anywhere
from 3 to 8 iron to a green that's two-tiered and extremely firm.
They got a big bunker fronting the green, a huge bunker right.
The left side slopes down away from you into the gallery.
Depending on pin placement, you must be on the correct tier.
Putting up to the higher tier, you do have a shot, but putting
above the pin to a lower tier, you got no shot. So you got to be
aware for your second shot. One of the hardest finishing holes we
play all year."
Famous Moment: Arnold Palmer hit 6-iron to 6
feet for a birdie and a one-shot victory in 1960.
Hall of Shame: Palmer walked up the 18th
fairway accepting congratulations for another victory, then hit
into the bunker and wound up with a double bogey to finish one
shot behind Gary Player.