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I hit driver, but some of the longer guys can hit three-wood and turn it around the corner. There's a tilting tree that banks to the left a little funny. Everybody aims at that tree and tries to turn it over. I've made eagle there and I've made bogey there—on Saturday and Sunday when I tied for third in 2008. I don't care what anybody says, at some point it goes through your mind: Whatever you do, don't hit it left."
Eagle enters the picture with a well-placed drive on this beautiful hole, but bogey or worse is the result if you get greedy and go too far left.
An Uphill Battle All The Way
Par-4, 440 yards
By Zach Johnson
"The 18th is brutal, but 17, to me, is the hardest driving hole. I can count the number of times I've carried the Eisenhower Tree. It's a distance thing. If I can't [get past it] I have to hit it around that tree with my draw, and I have to hit it hard to get it up that hill. The tee shot is uphill all the way, and you're always landing into the grain and the slope, and the ball simply stops. Sometimes from an uphill lie I can see the pin, but I can't see the green. When I'm hitting five- or six-iron into that green it's very difficult. If I have an eight- or nine-iron I can be more aggressive and it takes out a lot of the stress.
The year that I won (2007) I hit a good drive on Sunday. I was between a six- and a seven-iron, and I hit the seven. Then I remember Tiger bombing a drive down the right side, and he hit a wedge. Distance is magnified there."