USPGA Valhalla hole by hole guide: hole 13

A closer look at the 13th hole at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky - host of the 2014 USPGA Championship

Valhalla hole 13
The par-4 13th hole at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky
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A closer look at the 13th hole at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky - host of the 2014 USPGA Championship

A closer look at the 13th hole at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky - host of the 2014 USPGA Championship...

Valhalla hole by hole: Hole 13 - Par 4 - 350

After two tough holes, the 13th presents a real birdie opportunity. It's all about spin control on the approach, though. There is simply no excuse for missing the fairway, but many balls will topple off the island green - built on top of 20 feet-high boulders - and into water, even with a wedge. That said, if players judge spin and distance correctly, numerous birdies are in the offing.

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Nick Bonfield
Nick Bonfield

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