DEAD AT 17?
Van Sickle: The Players is the only event I can think of that starts its sudden-death playoff on a par-3 hole, the famous 17th. Love it or hate it?
Bamberger: If you're going to exploit that 17th hole, you might as well go whole hog, which they're doing. It's the right call.
Hack: It's a hole for TV on a course that's made for TV. Embrace who you are. There's no other hole like it in golf.
Shipnuck: There's so much on the line; it's a big green, and you probably have only a nine-iron in your hands. It shouldn't be that hard, but with so much at stake no shot is more frightening.
Bamberger: The only thing better than going 17--18 in the playoff would be going 17-17-17-17.
Garrity: They should add an island-green par-3 to every Tour venue and use it just for the playoff.
Anonymous Pro: I don't like it. If Tim Finchem wants his event to have the magnitude of a major, he should have a playoff like a major—a three-hole aggregate. You have 16, 17 and 18, a par-5, a par-3 and a par-4, and they're all exciting, risk-reward holes. That's a perfect playoff setup.
Shipnuck: That's delayed gratification. Even in a three-hole playoff, 17 is still going to be the key moment. You might as well start there.
Van Sickle: I don't like it. It reminds me of the old Tuesday-afternoon Merrill Lynch Shootouts at Tour events. One player got eliminated on each hole, and to break a tie, they had a chip-off around the green. Beginning at the 17th feels like a chip-off.