PGA VS. USGA

August 21, 2005

Baltusrol is the 21st course to have hosted both a PGA Championship and a U.S. Open. Seeing the PGA at a traditional Open venue is a reminder of how different the two host organizations are. Here's a recap.

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  PGA USGA
Past Champions Lifetime exemption 10-year exemption
Past Champions
Dinner
Wednesday night We have better
things to do
Past Champions
Parking
Assigned spaces You're on your own
Course Setup
Mantra
"Tough but fair" "Everyone has
to play it"
Fairway Width 25-30 yards 21-25 yards
Bunker Sand Almost firm Fluffy
Rough Topped at four inches Claims it's topped
at four inches
Syringing
During Play
To keep greens alive To keep balls from
rolling off
Red Numbers No worries Not on your life
Places We'll
Never Go Again
PGA National, Riviera Anywhere the
PGA has been
Beloved Public
Venue
Whistling Straits Bethpage
Changing Par-5s
to Par-4s
Because the
USGA does it
Because P.J.
Boatwright did it
Soft Spot for ... Club pros Special exemptions
4th at Baltusrol 190 yards every day 190 yards twice;
132 yards twice
Media Gift Bag Absolutely Are you kidding?
Pet Cause Play Golf America The First Tee
Price of
Corporate Tent
$180,000 $200,000
Official coat Navy blue with
drops of hair spray
Navy blue with
dandruff flakes

 

COLOR PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON (SIGN) COLOR PHOTOGETTY IMAGES (HOSE) COLOR PHOTOUSGA (BOATWRIGHT) COLOR PHOTOCOURTESY OF THE FIRST TEE (LOGO)

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)