Many will tell you the entrance to the “Snake Pit” is the segment that packs the most venom – a long, narrow dogleg right that forces players to navigate between a pond guarding the bend and trees on the left. A year ago, 28 balls wound up in the pond.
“The Snake Pit is really on 16, if you’re asking me,” said 2016 champion Charl Schwartzel. “It’s avoiding the water and the trees on the left, really. You can’t bail. You hit left, you make bogey anyway. You hit it in the water, you’re going to make probably double.”
No.16 has constantly ranked among the three toughest at the Copperhead, though in a statistical quirk no one last year made worse than double bogey. Contrast that with John Daly in 2014, when he carded a 12 in the second round that included three balls in the water (and one putt).
No.16, Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead)
Par 4, 475 yards
2017 average: 4.21 (3rd toughest)
2017 Valspar Championship: no eagles, 46 birdies, 265 pars, 91 bogeys, 22 double bogeys, none higher