Colonial's par-4 fifth annually one of the toughest holes on Tour

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Colonial's par-4 fifth annually one of the toughest holes on Tour

Fort Worth Invitational

Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas

Hole No. 5

Par 4, 481 yards

The challenge begins as soon as players place their tee in the ground at Colonial’s par-4 fifth hole. A discomforting view awaits, with clear-cut trouble left and right of the fairway. Almost anyone with more than a year or two of experience here will have significant scar tissue. Water, thick rough and claustrophobia-inducing trees create a sense of lurking disaster on either side of the fairway, and there’s always the mental strain of knowing that a near-perfect tee shot is required for a good chance at par. Facing all of it at once might sound like a nightmare.

The lengthy par 4 has played as Colonial’s toughest hole relative to par every year since 2005. The average score in 2017 was 4.298, and players are more than happy to take par and move on if possible. There were just 35 birdies made here last year, when the event was called the Dean and Deluca Invitational. Pretty meager compared to 108 bogeys and 19 scores of double bogey or worse.

It’s generally one of the 50 most difficult holes players will face in a given season, and last year it played as the 26th toughest par-4 on Tour.

Accuracy is a must on the first shot, and there’s very little room for error with the tight tee shot. The Trinity River runs down the entire right side of the fairway, just beyond the trees, so most players try to take on the left side of the fairway. The majority of misses end up in a thick rough left of the fairway, making it challenging to reach the green in regulation from there. Should a player find the fairway, the second shot is long and narrow as well. The green is guarded by bunkers on the right side, and the majority of approach shots miss left.

With length, trees, thick rough and water all coming into play, it’s no surprise that Colonial’s fifth hole continues to take its toll on scorecards each and every year.

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