One of the best short par-4s in golf, this hole that hasn't been
changed in 28 years. Big hitters can drive near the green, but not
many even try because of all the trouble surrounding the L-shaped
green that slopes sharply from right to left. Most players hit iron
off tee to stay short of four bunkers on the left side.
Immelman's take: "The third is an incredible hole, probably
the only unchanged hole on the golf course. A lot of guys have different
strategies. If the flag is front left or front right, I'll hit a
3 iron, or maybe a 5 wood, depending on the breeze, and then you're
looking at a 8 or 9 iron or wedge. And you're really trying to put
yourself on the green within 30 feet. If you leave it short, you're
going to make a 5 or 6. If the flag is back and the wind conditions are
ideal, I'll try to hit a driver. If you hit it straight, you should
carry those left traps -- probably about 270 yards to carry them. You
hit it down there and you're going to have maybe 80 yards and then 50
feet of green. At that point, it becomes one of the most attacking shots
you can play here."
Famous Moment: Jack Nicklaus was 58 when he chipped
in for birdie in 1998 to get into contention, and receive a cheer so loud
the ground shook.
Hall of Shame: Jeff Maggert was leading in the final
round in 2003 until his shot from a fairway bunker caromed off the wall
and hit him in the chest, a two-shot penalty. He made a triple bogey.