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The Tour Report

September 23 2012

5:01 PM

Closing stretch a difficult test

ATLANTA -- The par-3 18th gets a lot of attention due to the unusual finish. But the final three holes at East Lake are certainly no bargain -- and two currently rank among the three hardest of the day.

The 16th, a 481-yard par 4, clocks in as the third hardest right now. It has relinquished just two birdies and nine pars while giving up 10 bogeys and one double.

The 17th, where Bill Haas made that memorable up-and-down from the water beside the green in winning last year's FedExCup, is a 470-yard par 4. It ranks seventh right now with two birdies, 12 pars, five bogeys and one double.

The iconic 18th, a 235-yard poke to a tiny green, is Sunday's second hardest hole. There have been two birdies, nine pars, seven bogeys and two double bogeys so far.

And just for the record, which one is the hardest? Well, that would be No. 6 where Brandt Snedeker, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods all made water-logged double bogeys.