Par-3 18th gets tough at East Lake

Georgia didn’t lack for rain this week (none fell at East Lake Thursday, fortunately), but with a SubAir system installed beneath the putting surfaces, the crew at East Lake can suck out any moisture and make the greens as firm and fast as they’d like.

On Thursday, the par-3 18th (playing 224 yards) had a front hole location, and coupled with a firm green, that made things pretty demanding on players in the field. Kenny Perry hit a good-looking shot that pitched onto the front of the putting surface, and his ball still released 50 feet beyond the flagstick. Geoff Ogilvy hit as good a shot as anyone, stopping his ball 14 feet behind the pin. He missed the putt and signed for 75 – dead last. Only 12 players hit the green with their tee shot, and there was only one birdie there out of 30 players – it belonged to Mike Weir. He wasn’t even on the green, yet holed his downhill second shot from 68 feet. Eight players made bogeys. Anyone stepping to that tee on Sunday needing a par to win will have their work cut out.

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