Want to have a say in a hole location for the upcoming PGA Championship? Here is your big chance.
The PGA of America announced today the "PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus." The Challenge is being conducted in conjunction with the 95th PGA Championship scheduled Aug. 8-11 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. The PGA of America says it will be the first time ever in a major championship that fans will have a direct impact on a hole location.
Golf fans worldwide are encouraged to visit PGA.com starting today through Aug. 10 to vote for one of four final round hole locations for the 181-yard par-3 No. 15 at Oak Hill. A sweepstakes will also be available on the website with entrants receiving an opportunity to win a behind-the-scenes experience for two at the 2014 PGA Championship at the Nicklaus-designed Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.
Nicklaus, who recorded one of his five PGA Championships in 1980 at Oak Hill, collaborated with PGA Chief Championships Officer Kerry Haigh to pick the 15th hole based on the impact it likely will have on the event. The promotion is designed to educate fans on how course setup impacts a golfer's strategy in playing a hole, help explain what hole location information players are provided each day and to attract more people to the game.
"The chance for golf fans to interact with the PGA Championship and play a role in shaping the outcome of the final round fascinates me," Nicklaus says. "It's like being able to call the shots during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl."