by Jeff Skinner
The good news for golf fans is that there are only fifteen days before the PGA Championship starts at historic Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. And there is an unusual twist at this year’s PGA. Fans are being asked to vote to select the final round hole location on the fifteenth hole.
The PGA of America, in collaboration with Jack Nicklaus have come up with this creative idea to get fans a bit more involved and excited about the PGA. As if there needed to be any extra incentive for the last major of the season, but it’s a wonderful idea.
An added bonus is we get to interact with the greatest golfer of all time and his input on the effect of the different hole locations. “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. “It’s like being able to call the shots during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. In addition to playing a key role in the outcome of the Championship, golf fans can learn many aspects of on-course strategy, as The PGA of America and I present educational videos to enhance their golf experience. I believe this new concept will serve as an exciting hands-on learning experience for golf fans and I’m happy to be involved.”
The fifteenth hole is a downhill par three guarded by water on the right and bunkers on the left. It’s a novel idea by the PGA of America and a chance for fans to have some fun playing the role of “set up man” for Glory’s Last Hope.