At 670 yards, the 16th hole could be a memorable one

If there’s going to be a signature hole at the 2012 U.S. Open, it very well could be No. 16.

When played to its full distance, as it’s expected to be at least two of the four days, it will measure a whopping 670 yards. That’ll make it the longest hole in U.S. Open history and remove virtually any chance of players reaching the green in two shots.

“The reason we did that is we really felt that would make it a true three-shotter,” said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis, the head man in charge of setting up the course. “The wonderful thing about that hole is that from the back, if you miss any one of your shots, it’s awful hard to catch up.”

When the tees are back, players won’t be able to see the green off the tee and likely not even on their second shots.

The hole is one continuous dogleg left, forcing players to shape their first two shots. The approach isn’t a walk in the park either, as bunkers surround the front and a shaved area in the back-left portion of the green could funnel balls off the putting surface.

All in all, it’s certainly a hole that could be the turning point in the tournament.

“Now with back-to-back par 5s, [17 being the other], I think you will see the U.S. Open won or lost on those two holes,” Davis said.

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