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PGA Championship 2023 from Oak Hill in Rochester

PGA Championship 2023 from Oak Hill in Rochester

The seventh hole at Oak Hill Country Club is tricky from tee to green and offers several examples of the challenges players will face at the 2023 PGA Championship.

A cluster of large trees guards the left corner of this slight dogleg left par 4, but players who hit their tee shot to the right side of the fairway to avoid those oaks bring a creek into play. The ideal tee shot is a draw, but that means starting your drive at the creek, which makes many golfers uncomfortable.

If a player finds the fairway, it will be critical for his approach shot to stay below the hole because the green tilts from back to front. Hitting an approach shot too far past the flag will mean a lightning-fast putt for birdie, but a large bunker will swallow up any iron shot that comes up short. So, while the green is expansive, with Thursday’s hole location being in the middle-right portion of the green, a player who wants to make a birdie has to hit a very small area over the bunker but short of the hole.

— David Dusek, Golfweek


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