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Ryder Cup course guide: a hole-by-hole tour of Medinah Country Club
Where’s the water? Lay up on 15? Here are the 18 holes that stand between Europe, America and the Ryder Cup.
Hole 1: 443yds, Par 4A new back tee has been introduced since the 2006 USPGA Championship. Hitting driver may result in a hanging lie on the fairway, so something less might be used. The green tilts from back to front.
Hole 2: 192yds, Par 3Green lies over Lake Kadijah, with water to the left as well. Prevailing wind is from right to left and not helping, while a large bunker is at the back right portion of the putting surface.
Hole 3: 412yds, Par 4Bunkers down the right, but that is the side to be because of some overhanging trees. Levelling of the fairway changes what used to be a blind second shot to another green sloping from back to front.
Hole 4: 463yds, Par 4Fairway slopes right to left, but the real difficulty comes with the elevation change to the green, which makes the hole play longer. Slope means it is important to keep the ball below the hole.
Hole 5: 536yds, Par 5A good drive avoiding the bunkers down the right brings the green in range and even with it being uphill most players will have a go. The fairway tightens and more bunkers lie in wait, though.
Hole 6: 509yds, Par 4Longest par four on the course. With the addition of a new back tee, three fairway bunkers down the right come into play more. The green tilts and is guarded by four more traps.
Hole 7: 617yds, Par 5Longest of the four par fives and for the members ranked the hardest hole. New back tee makes it further to the angle of this slight dogleg right. Elevated green has several subtle breaks.
Hole 8: 201yds, Par 3Turning back the other way, this was a blind tee shot for the 1999 USPGA Championship, but now the players have a clear view of a heavily-guarded green that breaks hard from left to right.
Hole 9: 432yds, Par 4Tree-lined dogleg right to left that presents a partly blind shot off the tee. No bunkers in the landing area, but three around a green that breaks fast from right to left.
Hole 10: 578yds, Par 5The drive should be shaped right to left off the right-hand bunkers, but some may see it as a three-shotter taking the traps out of play. The green has the greatest slope from back to front.
Hole 11: 440yds, Par 4Dogleg right to left with a new fairway bunker down the right making it a much tighter drive. Smallest green on the course has various undulations and is guarded by one bunker short right and two to the left.
Hole 12: 476yds, Par 4Considered by many the best par four. Preferred drive hugs the right because of the big oak guarding a green that slopes hard from left to right and has a drop-off into a pond on the right.
Hole 13: 245yds, Par 3Signature hole back over Lake Kadijah to a green that slopes right to left and is bordered by three bunkers. Easily the longest of the par threes and a real challenge.
Hole 14: 609yds, Par 5Drive over the lake once more and if the top of the hill can be reached then the green comes in range for the big hitters. The green is guarded by five bunkers and slopes significantly from back to front.
Hole 15: 391yds, Par 4Changed significantly and forward tee may well be used to make it driveable. Risk-reward, though, as water run downs the right and alongside the small, shallow green with a collection area back right.
Hole 16: 482yds, Par 4Dogleg left made famous in 1999, but the tree where Sergio Garcia risked injury in hitting his second shot no longer exists. Green is perched up a hill and slopes from right to left with three bunkers around it.
Hole 17: 193yds, Par 3Over Lake Kadijah for the fourth and final time. Temptation is to hit extra club to make sure of carrying the water, but miss the green and it is a tough up and down, especially with the pressure on.
Hole 18: 449yds, Par 4Bunkers have been added down the right on his slight dogleg left. The raised green has a tight entrance flanked by some steep bunkers and tilts from back to front. Hale Irwin holed from nearly 60 feet to force a play-off in 1990 US Open.
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