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A guide to the third hole on Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course which hosts the 98th USPGA Championship
Baltusrol Golf Club Hole by Hole Guide: Hole 3
Hole 3 - Par 4 - 503 yards
After the simple second hole, the third is a brute. It played as the second-hardest hole during the 2005 PGA Championship which Phil Mickelson won.
At 503 yards, this dogleg-left par-4 requires a perfect drive or bogey looms.
Like the 10th at Augusta, a draw is favoured and will gain extra yards from a downslope in the fairway.
Thick rough and trees line the fairway on either side where players will be unable to carry the ditch that lies short of the green.
Two big bunkers lie short and right of the green and one guards the left side. The green has a ridge which feeds balls to the right.
The hardest pin here is back-left, with the hole on top of the ridge.
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 the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships 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 anywhere between 4-6. 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.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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