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    Colonial CC

    Course Par Value: 70 • Course Yardage: 7204

    The Par 4 18th hole

    Player Quotes:

    "It's a real honor to win here. It's a beauty, a great track. I was determined. I wanted to have a chance at this one."

    - Adam Scott, 2014 champion

    Player Quotes:

    "Knowing the gentlemen who have donned this jacket, and will don this jacket, and putting myself in that company is just very humbling."

    - Zach Johnson, 2010 & 2012 champion

    "It's very special, obviously. this tournament's been around for so many years. So many of the great players have played here, and have won here. To be a part of that is beyond what I can expound on. It's very humbling, and very cool."

    - Steve Stricker, 2009 champion

    "This golf course is one of the best tests that we have in the game of golf. To have won this tournament is an amazing feeling. I can't explain how good it feels to have won this championship."

    - Phil Mickelson, 2000 & 2008 champion

    HOLE PAR YARDS
    1 5 565

    This is a tempting par 5 but it's difficult to reach in two because of the bunkering. A sand wedge approach shot gives the best chance for birdie. 

    2 4 389 This is a short par 4 and an important birdie opportunity. The tee shot requires a choice -- play left to right or over the tall tree in the dogleg.
    3 4 483 This is the beginning of Colonial's "Horrible Horseshoe" -- the three most difficult holes on the golf course. The long dogleg left requires a perfectly placed tee shot around a large tree and bunkers. A long approach shot makes birdies rare. This ranks as the second-most difficult hole at Colonial.
    4 3 247

    This is the longest of the par 3s. The elevated green is difficult to hold. This is the only par 3 that has not yielded a hole-in-one during the 62-year history of the tournament. Even birdies are rare.

    5 4 481 This is the hardest hole, and the most famous, at Colonial and the last of the "Horrible Horseshoe." The tee shot must be precise -- there's a ditch to the left and a river on the right. Even a good tee shot leaves a long, narrow approach.
    6 4 406 A left-to-right tee shot between bunkers sets up a good birdie opportunity. The green can be tricky.
    7 4 440

    This is a straight hole that requires accuracy off the tee into a pinched landing area. You can be more aggressive with the second shot, though.

    8 3 194

    This hole features a three-tiered green with tricky crosswinds. Short birdie putts are difficult to come by here.

    9 4 407

    This is an attractive, devilish hole that can extract some big numbers. You must hit it straight off the tee and avoid a pond in front of the tricky green with your approach. 

    10 4 408

    This is the second-toughest hole on the back nine. The tee shot must stay left to fully utilize the narrow opening to the green.

    11 5 635 You can let it all out on this straight tee shot but watch out for bunkers to the left side of fairway. For most players, likely a 3-shot hole. The well-bunkered green requires a sand wedge approach for the best chance at birdie. 
    12 4 445 This is the hardest hole on back nine. The fairway is a dogleg left that requires accuracy and length. The approach must negotiate a tightly-bunkered green and often a headwind.
    13 3 190 You face a tee shot with total carry over water to this small green. Winds can make this hole very difficult, with water front and right, bunkers left. 
    14 4 464

    This long dogleg left requires a draw off the tee and a long approach shot. The green can be tricky, and the approach is usually into a headwind.
     

    15 4 430 Your tee shot must navigate a gauntlet formed by out-of-bounds to the right and trees to the left. A short approach makes birdies possible on this two-tiered green. 
    16 3 192 The steepest green on the course requires a good shot to stay below the pin.
    17 4 387

    This is a short but dangerous hole. It's a dogleg right but you must keep your tee shot left. Accuracy is a premium all the way with a short but hazardous approach.

    18 4 441

    You need to hit a draw off the tee on this dogleg left with trees capturing wayward shots. A lake protects the left side of the well-bunkered green.