This week the PGA Tour is at Arnie’s (Arnold Palmer) home course, Bay Hill Club and Lodge. The event is the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The field for this event is by invitation only and that invitation comes straight from the King himself, 86 year-old Mr. Palmer.
Bay Hill has some challenging holes, most notably the famous 18th finishing hole. The 18th is a tough par-4 of 458 yards. 458 isn’t that unmanageable for a PGA Tour pro, but due to the difficulty of the 2nd shot, the hole plays tougher than the number on the score card.
The approach to 18 is over water to a peanut shaped green which runs away from the player. If the approach is slightly mis-hit, there’s a watery grave, or a rocky finish. Many players over compensate and go long-left, which leaves them with incredibly difficult chips or pitches toward the water.
The one other way a player could play the hole is the way Brandt Snedeker did in the first round, bouncing his ball off the rocks TWICE before it came to rest a few feet below the hole for birdie.