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Oak Hill Country Club

The sixth hole at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. (Photo: Gabe Gudgel/Golfweek)

The 503-yard par-4 sixth hole is known as “Double Trouble,” and it has been that and then some for players at the PGA Championship this week.

The hole doglegs slightly to the right and Allens Creek meanders across the fairway and protects long and left of this multi-tiered green.

On Friday, the scoring average was 4.75, the highest scoring average in relation to par in PGA Championship history.

“I mean, 6 is probably the hardest hole I’ve ever played. I don’t know what everybody else is saying or the scoring average, but it’s pretty stinking hard,” Scheffler said. “With how firm the fairways are, your line off the tee is right on the edge of those bunkers, and the ball can go through when you hit a good tee shot. Just challenging. If you don’t hit the fairway, you really can’t hit the green in two, so it’s just a hard hole.”

Conners agreed.

“I think the length, first of all. The tee shot is difficult. If you get it in the rough, you have no chance to go for the green pretty much. Even if you hit the fairway, it’s a pretty long approach shot,” he said.

The hole yielded just three birdies and there were as many bogeys as pars – 63 – 24 doubles and three others.

When asked if he was surprised that it had played as the hardest hole for a single round in tournament history, Scheffler didn’t hesitate. “No,” he said and started laughing.


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