About 3,000 fans are expected to gather each day at Royal Queensland’s 125-metre 17th hole once play commences on Thursday in Brisbane.
But Lee and Smith know a repeat of the wild scenes when Chase Koepka aced Adelaide’s LIV Golf equivalent in April will be unlikely if the pin is tucked away in the top-right corner of a green surrounded by bunkers.
Lee, fresh off securing his full PGA Tour status, and 2022 Open Champion Smith agree a more favourable placement, at least earlier in the tournament, would be a hit.
“Everyone wants to see birdies … and sticking it close with a wedge,” Lee said.
“Everyone’s half drunk and want to see some good shots. I’m that type of player that loves crowds, I don’t shy away from them.”
Like Lee, three-time event winner Smith embraces the energy of a hole that will feature live music and none of the usual golf…