The Island Green, the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in Florida, home to this week’s Players Championship, is one of the most iconic holes in golf.
But even if you avoid the water and get through that test unscathed – no mean feat to be sure – the next hole is arguably even tougher. The final hole of the Stadium Course is a 469-yard par four, doglegging around the lake.
An aggressive line off the tee risks finding the water on the left. Too far right, however, and there’s plenty of trees and rough to contend with.
In fact, the 18th was the second toughest hole on the PGA Tour in 2021/22 based on average-to-par score.
Aussie Lucas Herbert fell victim to its brutality in a tough opening round, hitting the water with his first tee shot, before finding the rough on the right in his second attempt before firing his next into a tree branch. He finished with a three-over seven – part of a…