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The Island Green - 17th at The Players Tournament
The Mental Pressure of the 17th at Sawgrass
The First Lady of Golf Architecture Suggested The Island Green
Alice Dye married Pete Dye in 1950 and was the first woman president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and the first woman to serve as an independent director of the Professional Golf Association of America. Husband Pete wasn't keen on the idea but went along with it and the hole has turned out to be one of the most famous holes in Golf. Pete and Alice Dye designed the course as a stadium course and their vision turned out much more than anyone expected.
Millions watched Jerry Pate win and then celebrate in a way that's not been duplicated before as you can see in the next video.
PGA Commissioner and Pete Dye Go Swimming
No Two Consecutive Holes Play In The Same Direction
Deane Beaman and Pete Dye made sure no two holes play in the same direction and doglegs were created in different directions to make sure the course tested a golfer's true ability with no favorites to suit a players game. There are long holes and short holes - a true mixture to test the best golfers in the world.The 17th is only a 137 yards but no room for error if you miss the green.In the 2-16 tournament, keep an eye on veteran Jim Furyk who lives a few minutes from the course and is coming off a seven month delay waiting for a wrist injury to heal. Furyk has four top five finishes including two runners up just two years ago. He missed the cut at last week's Wells Fargo shooting a 73 and 75 but he should be feeling more comfortable near home.
Jim Furyk didn't want to do his come back at the US Open in June at Oakmont which is a challenging test of golf. He feels more at home at Sawgrass and has one of the best records. Of course, he'll have to deal with Number 1, Adam Scott, along with Jason Day and Jordan Spieth and of course last years champion, Rickie Fowler. But his knowledge of the course and experience may give the 45 year old Furyk an advantage on his come back. Furyk has an early tee time when the winds are still and he's playing with Billy Horschel and Scotsman Russell Knox, both who are in excellent form.
Stats On The 17th
It's only 137 yards and birdies are made and the stroke average is just a tad over at 3.064 and it's the 9th easiest hole on the course. Statistically, more birdies are made at the 17th than bogies. The major problem playing the hole is mental since a slight error usually results in a double bogey possibly ruining the entire round. Greens in regulation stats are very high at 83% so watch the mental works going on with the players as they tee up.
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Summary: Relax, Have a Laugh, and You'll Have A Nice Swing With a Great Shot on the 17th.
Spieth in particular may be very interesting to watch him play the 17th. Most don't believe he takes any shot for granted as Ben Hogan said many times, "The most important shot in golf is the next one." I believe the best shots will come from the most relaxed players who are smiling and not intimidated by the tee shot. If they have a smile on their face as they tee up the ball, more power to them. If tension builds, the most common way to relieve tension is to have a laugh.
Ease Away The Mental Stress
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