Battling Quail Hollow’s Green Mile
There are three-hole stretches of Augusta National that inspire men to write poetry.
The final three holes at Quail Hollow inspire nightmares.
The “Green Mile” will come into play beginning Thursday at the Wells Fargo Championship. This three-hole stretch is comprised of a par-4, 480-yard No. 16, a 217-yard, par-3 No. 17 full of water hazards, and a 478-yard, par-4 No. 18.
The shortest hole is the most notorious, the hardest par-3 on the Tour in 2008. In an interview for the Tour in 2013, Jim Furyk, last year’s runner-up, said he “never looks at it as a birdie opportunity.”
How tough is the final three-hole set? Last year, it ranked No. 1 on the tour as the toughest stretch on the PGA Tour, averaging a combined 1.055 shots over par, the only trio of holes with an average score of more than one stroke above par. The second highest was the final three of The Memorial’s Muirfield Village at 0.839 strokes above par.