Hole Spotlight: Bay Hill’s Exciting Finisher

Boasting perhaps the most creative moniker on the PGA Tour, the “Devil’s Bathtub” was given long ago to the rock-lined pond that stands guard to Bay Hill’s hook-shaped 18th green. It rarely fails to deliver on drama – good and bad.

Arnold Palmer Invitational Bay Hill’s 18th hole

Tiger Woods secured three of his record-tying eight Bay Hill victories with birdies alongside the Bathtub – a 15-footer to beat Phil Mickelson in 2001, then almost identical putts in in 2008 (beating Bart Bryant) and ’09 (chasing down Sean O’Hair).

What usually doesn’t get shown are the mid-irons Woods struck to put himself in position for those birdies. Only 12 yards of putting surface are available as the green wraps around the back of the pond. The Sunday pin sits up front near the water, too.

Among the 18th’s Sunday victims over the years have been Vijay Singh (twice), Davis Love III (1989) and Kevin Chappell (2016). And Greg Norman, though his 1990 misfortune was not of his doing – Robert Gamez holed a miraculous 7-iron for the winning eagle.

Bay Hill Club & Lodge
Hole No.18, Par 4, 458 yards
2017 API Champion: Bogey, Par, Bogey, Par (+2, Avg: 4.5)
2017 API Average: 4.28 (toughest)
2017 API Scores: 0 eagles, 48 birdies, 215 pars, 91 bogeys, 21 double bogeys, 7 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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