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The Real Big Two
PAUL GOYDOS
May 09, 2011
The admittedly superb finishing holes at Sawgrass—the tricky par-3 17th and the brutish par-4 18th—get all the pub, but it is a seemingly innocuous pair of par-4s on the front side, the super-tight 6th and the long, watery 7th that is the most treacherous twosome on the course. Since 2002, Players winners have gained nearly a stroke a day on the field on 6 and 7, while playing 17 and 18 only .40 of a stroke better.
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May 09, 2011

The Real Big Two

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HOLE WINNERS FIELD DIFFERENTIAL
1 3.97 4.13 0.15
2 4.47 4.74 0.27
3 3.06 3.19 0.13
4 3.92 3.97 0.05
5 4.00 4.21 0.21
6 3.67 4.06 0.40
7 3.78 4.20 0.43
8 3.03 3.20 0.17
9 4.69 4.90 0.20
10 3.92 4.17 0.25
11 4.47 4.76 0.29
12 3.69 3.91 0.22
13 2.94 3.14 0.20
14 4.00 4.26 0.26
15 4.00 4.22 0.22
16 4.28 4.44 0.17
17 3.03 3.26 0.23
18 4.17 4.34 0.17

The admittedly superb finishing holes at Sawgrass—the tricky par-3 17th and the brutish par-4 18th—get all the pub, but it is a seemingly innocuous pair of par-4s on the front side, the super-tight 6th and the long, watery 7th that is the most treacherous twosome on the course. Since 2002, Players winners have gained nearly a stroke a day on the field on 6 and 7, while playing 17 and 18 only .40 of a stroke better.

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