Strictly Tweaking

September 07, 2005

Baltusrol has been lengthened considerably since the 1993 U.S. Open, the last major held there, but the extra yardage wasn't the only thing that caught the eye of "Gorjus" George Lucas

Gorjus's Yardage

According to the PGA Championship program, par-70 Baltusrol will play at 7,392 yards, but the pros won't go by that. They'll use Gorjus George's yardages. Here's what Baltusrol measured for the '93 Open and what Lucas says it will play at next week.

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Green Monsters
The 652-yard 17th at Baltusrol will be the longest hole ever played in a major championship, but it'll be only the fifth-longest on the PGA Tour.

Yards Hole Course Tournament
667 16th Firestone South NEC Invitational
665 1st LaCantera Texas Open
663 18th Kapalua Mercedes Championships
663 15th Tucson National Chrysler Classic

 

COLOR PHOTODAVID WALBERG YARDOLOGISTLucas (with Woody) has made the tour pros' yardage books since 1976. He measured Baltusrol last month. SEVEN COLOR ILLUSTRATIONSILLUSTRATIONS BY GEORGE LUCAS

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)