By Elliott Heath published
A guide to the eighteenth hole on Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course which hosts the 98th USPGA Championship
Baltusrol Golf Club Hole by Hole Guide: Hole 18
Hole 18 - Par 5 - 554 yards
What a finishing hole.
The closing 18th is nearly 100 yards shorter than the 17th but will provide even more drama.
It played as the easiest hole during the 2005 USPGA Championship but that doesn't mean birdie is guaranteed.
Water left and bunkers down the right mean that only a perfect drive will give players a chance to go for the green.
From the fairway, there's only one option - go for the green.
There are plenty of bunkers surrounding the green so a four may come in the form of an up-and-down for most.
Mickelson birdied this in 2005 to beat Thomas Bjorn and Steve Elkington by a stoke.
Definitely a birdie hole but only if the tee shot is down the fairway.
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
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