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The aim here should be slightly right of the center of the fairway, onto the high ground which gives good visibility of the green and also provides the best angle of approach to any flag location. A tee shot pulled to the left side of the fairway is very likely to follow the run of the ground and roll right on into the big bunker.
The green on the left is very shallow; on the right side, it is very deep, but it slopes away from the player so that it is not easy to be certain of the exact location of the flag.
The main problem presented by the second shot, which is normally played with a wedge or eight-iron, is to gauge the distance precisely. With the pin on the left side, a second shot played either short or over leaves a very difficult pitch to be made—and this almost always results in the loss of one stroke, often two. With the wind behind him, the wise player will play for the center of the green, hoping to get down in two putts for a par 4.
The length of this hole can be varied a great deal, depending upon use of the back tee or the rear portion of the forward tee. From the back tee the shot is usually a strong iron or even a four-or three-wood. At tournament time in April there is very often a heavy wind on this hole, blowing directly against the player or quartering off the right. With the pin located immediately behind the bunker in front of the putting surface or on the high ground at the back of the green, a very precise judgment of distance is required to avoid either a long and difficult approach putt or an exacting chip.
The green is so large that a shot played to the outer reaches more often than not will result in a bogie 4. The back tee is somewhat elevated so that the shot is exposed to the violence of any wind which may be blowing at the time. On some days the wind will place many players in the left-hand bunker or beyond.
The proper line here is as closely as possible, past the bunker on the left side of the fairway. It is not necessary to carry this bunker in order to direct the drive into a groove in the fairway on top of the hill. But it is a very comforting safety factor to have sufficient length for the carry should the shot be pulled slightly. The bunker and the woods to the left of it usually represent dire disaster for those unlucky enough to end here.
Players lacking the necessary confidence to play along the dangerous left side sometimes become overcautious and play too closely down the right side of the fairway. From this side the second shot to the green becomes much longer and far more difficult.