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Hole of the Week: No. 18 at the Old White TPC

Though par-3s typically don’t make very compelling finishing holes – just two exist on the PGA Tour schedule – the Old White’s 18th has seen its share of excitement in just seven editions of what used to be known as the Greenbrier Classic.

Bubba Watson hits a tee shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2017 Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Credit: Getty Images/Michael Cohen/R&A

The fireworks started with the debut edition in 2010, as Stuart Appleby’s 11-foot birdie capped an out-of-the-blue 59 that vaulted him past Jeff Overton for the title. The Aussie joined David Duval (1999 Bob Hope Classic) as the only men to sew up a PGA Tour victory with a 59.

One year later, Scott Stallings’ closing birdie forced his way into a three-man playoff with Bill Haas and Bob Estes. Returning to the 18th tee, the rookie stiffed a short iron to 6 feet for a winning birdie.

No.18 proved to be the difference last year, too, when Xander Schauffele stuck a pitching wedge to 3 feet that pushed him past Robert Streb and Sebastian Munoz. Playing one group behind, both rivals missed the green on their turn through the 18th.

The Old White’s 18th also holds a historical footnote as the site of Sam Snead’s final hole-in-one in 1995. Slammin’ Sammy was 83.

No.18, Greenbrier Resort (Old White TPC)
Par 3, 177 yards
2017 average: 2.97 (8th easiest)
2017 Greenbrier Classic: no aces, 69 birdies, 331 pars, 49 bogeys, 5 double bogeys, none higher

Jeff Shain

Jeff is a contributor to Pro Golf Weekly. He is the managing editor of Prime Sports, and a weekly contributor to PGATour.com. As a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America, Jeff has covered golf for nearly two decades, including stops at the Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald and The Island Packet in South Carolina.

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