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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
William F. Reed
June 23, 1997
The killer par-4 holes at Congressional turned out to be a lot tougher than anyone had expected
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June 23, 1997

Capital Punishment

The killer par-4 holes at Congressional turned out to be a lot tougher than anyone had expected

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Not all the news from the 6th was bad. Colin Montgomerie, for example, said his par on the hole on Thursday jump-started his round and propelled him to a 65. After driving into the left rough, Montgomerie took a sand wedge and hacked out. Still 157 yards from the green, he hit an eight-iron stiff. "The 6th was vital for me," he said. "That was the most important par I've made in a long time. If I'd made five, which was in the cards, I possibly wouldn't have birdied 7, and, therefore, not 9, 10 and 11."

Clearly the 6th had the ability to make or break rounds. Said Brad Faxon, "You have fear in your mind when you step up on the 6th."

That's the way it's supposed to be in the Open. Make those suckers hit long irons and pray. Last week Congressional reminded us that there's nothing like a good championship fight, and the one held in Mike Tyson's backyard was the best of them all.

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