28 Jun '16, 4pm

Just call it "The Monster." Stories from Firestone's 667-yard 16th.

Just call it "The Monster." Stories from Firestone's 667-yard 16th.

Palmer’s odyssey began when he drove into a trap and then sent a fairway wood into the rough with his second 100 yards short of the green. He hacked his third toward the green, but he missed and the ball ended up in a drainage ditch. After a penalty drop, he pitched to 25 feet and three putted for his 8. When he returned for the 1975 PGA Championship and was asked what he remembered about his 16th hole adventure from 15 years earlier, Palmer replied gruffly, “I remember all eight shots.” Arnie did gain a measure of revenge by winning twice at Firestone South, claiming the 1962 and ’67 American Golf Classic. Today the hole measures 667 yards after it was lengthened again in 2003, making it the longest on the PGA TOUR at a regular tournament site. But there’s a dirty little secret behind that yardage. When course superintendent Brian Mabie measured the hole with a laser from...

Full article: http://www.pgatour.com/long-form/2016/06/27/the-monster-1...

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