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U.S. Open 2014: Top 5 Most Difficult Holes At Pinehurst No. 2

by WILLY J
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(Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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The  2014 U.S. Open Championship in Pinehurst, NC, has arrived!

And before the PGA golfers go out and try to win a major, we decided to rank the 5 most difficult holes on Pinehurst No. 2 that they’ll face this weekend.

5.) Hole #5 – Par 5 – 576 Yards

Switched from a par 4 to a par 5, Hole #5 offers a challenge in that after a good drive, if you try to make it onto the green in your 2nd shot, then you face a downhill-sidehill lie due to the slant of the fairway.  And when you make it to the green, it plays as one of the hardest and smallest on the course.

4.) Hole #16 – Par 4 – 528 Yards

Being the only hole on Pinehurst No. 2 with water, Hole #16 is a long par 4 that played the second most difficult in the 2005 U.S. Open.

3.) Hole #15 – Par 3 – 202 Yards

The newly renovated green on #15 brings it back to its original size, but it still plays extremely small.  Players should hopefully make it on the green in the first shot or suffer from all sides of the miniature green.

2.) Hole #6 – Par 3 – 219 Yards

The first of the par 3 holes plays the hardest.  The front of the green is surrounded by a very deep left bunker as well as a a 4-foot crease leading to the green.  Putts move quickly hitting from the back of the green as well.

1.) Hole #2 – Par 4 – 507 Yards

This slight dogleg-right hole played the most difficult to par in the 2005 U.S. Open.  A hump at the front of the green might repel some shots, and players should aim left in this long par 4 hole.

 

Which one do you think is the hardest? Let us know in the Comment Section below.

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