The closing hole is only 344 yards, which translates to a 4-iron and a wedge for most players. It’s not as strong as the 18th hole at courses like Southern Hills, Oakmont or Winged Foot. Then again, the 18th at Olympic must not be as easy as the scorecard suggests. In each of the four Opens here, the runner-up came to the final hole needing a birdie for a chance to win and wound up with a par or worse.
“It’s short to look at it,” Graeme McDowell said. “It looks gentle. But it’s a sleeping giant. You put a crosswind out there and no one can hit the fairway. Then, you’ve got chaos.”
Then, it will start to look like a U.S. Open.
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