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US PGA Championship: Kiawah Island hole-by-hole guide

US PGA Championship: Kiawah Island hole-by-hole guide

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UPDATED:

10:01 GMT, 8 August 2012

Kiawah Island hosts the US PGA Championship this week and the monster South Course is set up to provide one of the hardest challenges the pros will face.

Barring any late withdrawals, the top 100 players in the world will tee it up in South Carolina.

Here's a look at the track that will make or break them between now and Sunday night.

Tough test: The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

1st, 396 yards, par four:
One of the narrowest fairways on the course, with a sandy waste on
the right and thick dune grass down the left. The gently undulating
green is tucked into a natural dune area.

2nd, 557 yards, par five:
Ancient live oaks line both sides of the fairway and players have to
decide how much of the salt marsh to bite off. Depending on the wind
there could be the chance to go for the elevated green, set between
sand ridges, in two.

3rd, 390 yards, par four: Shortest
par four. The tee shot is fired across the marsh, with the best
drives finding the plateau on the left. The green is framed by an old
live oak and slopes off to all sides, with the marsh long and left.

4th, 458 yards, par four: Perhaps
the toughest par four on the front nine. Playing against the wind,
players may opt to bail out to the left of this green and try to save
par with a chip.

5th, 188 yards, par three:
The course turns back from east to west for its first par three. An
hourglass-shaped green runs away diagonally from the right. A large
waste area runs from tee to green.

6th, 480 yards, par four: Three
wind-pruned live oaks frame the far side of the fairway. There is
also a waste area and small pond to the left and the green is protected
left and right by more sand.

7th, 579 yards, par five:
Wind conditions will determine the strategy, players having to decide
whether to carry a natural dune area. The second shot can be fired at a
slightly elevated green open in the front.

8th, 198 yards, par three: Becomes
narrower the further the pin is cut into an elevated green framed by
tall live oaks. Any shot missing long or right will find sand.

9th, 494 yards, par four: A
wide fairway sloping down from the right. The putting surface is open
in the front, but there are an assortment of grassy swale and deep
waste areas both left and right.

10th, 447 yards, par four:
A drive down the left-centre to the crest of the fairway will set up a
second shot to a green set down into the dunes. There is a large waste
area to the left front of the green and a deeper, steep-faced waste
area to the back.

11th, 593 yards, par five: Unreachable
in two shots for most of the field. Players must avoid several deep
waste areas right of the fairway. A good lay-up will leave a pitch to a
relatively flat, but exposed and elevated green.

12th, 412 yards, par four: The
widest fairway gives way to one of the narrowest approaches. The
green is guarded closely on the right by a canal, with dunes and thick
native grasses framing the left and rear.

13th, 497 yards, par four: Maybe
the most difficult hole on the inward nine. The players must decide
just how far down they will try to carry the canal. It continues down
the entire right side of the hole.

14th, 238 yards, par three: The
course turns back to the east and plays directly along the beach. A
tee shot missing this severely exposed and elevated green will leave a
severe uphill chip. An extremely deep and dangerous waste area is on
the left.

15th, 444 yards, par four: The
tee shot must find the fairway to set up a mid-iron to a small green
running diagonally away from the player to the right. Waste areas lie
left and back right.

16th, 581 yards, par five: The
tee shot is over a pond to reach a terraced fairway that is higher to
the right side. A long, shallow waste bunker guards the second shot to
the right, with another deeper one guarding the left side.

17th, 223 yards, par three:
The most famous hole on the course. The target over the lake appears
narrow with two deep waste areas to the left. Colin Montgomerie won it
with a double bogey in the 1991 Ryder Cup.

18th, 501 yards, par four: Still
with the ocean as a backdrop, the fairway falls to the right.
Longer players may have a huge advantage if they challenge the
right side. Elevated green is open from the right and runs to
the back left.