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February 28 2012

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ShotLink: Inside the Bear Trap

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Miss right at the brutal par-3 17th -- and meet a watery grave.

By Alex Turnbull, ShotLink

The 15th through 17th hole were collectively the toughest any three -hole stretch on the 2011 PGA TOUR. Collectively, the field averaged +1.178 strokes over par on these three holes in 2011:

Holes Course Strokes over par
15,16,17 PGA National Champion Course +1.178
9, 10, 11 Shaughnessy G&CC +1.017
16, 17, 18 Atlanta Athletic Club +.924

 

Since 2007, there have been 2,170 rounds played at PGA National during the Honda Classic.
Here’s a breakdown of how players do on holes 1 through 14 and 18 vs. the Bear Trap (15
through 17):

 

Score Holes 1-14, 18 Holes 15, 16, 17
Birdies or better 5,109 615
Bogeys 5,466 1,274
Double bogeys 801 461
Tripley bogeys ... or worse 96 78
Total over par +2,216 +1,844

 

Since 2007, just 12 players have managed to play holes 15 through 17 bogey-free in the same week at The Honda Classic:

Year/Player Birdies Pars Bogeys
2011-McDowell, Graeme 1 11 0
2011-Kuchar, Matt 2 10 0
2010-Ogilvie, Joe 1 11 0
2010-Lowery, Steve 2 10 0
2010-Jones, Matt 1 11 0
2009-Jimenez, Miguel A. 0 12 0
2009-Jacobson, Fredrik 2 10 0
2008-Parnevik, Jesper 2 10 0
2008-Donald, Luke 5 7 0
2007-Villegas, Camilo 4 8 0
2007-Lickliter II, Frank 2 10 0
2007-Barcelo, Rich 2 10 0
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