Ryder Cup key holes: Serpentine 16th will provide fireworks as matches come down to the wire

This winding, curving par 5 could play a critical role as one of Whistling Straits closing holes.

Ryder Cup key holes: Serpentine 16th will provide fireworks as matches come down to the wire

The 16th hole at Whistling Straits will prove most pivotal for a few reasons, and maybe none bigger than the order of where it sits on the course, as percentages say that many matches don’t make it to the 17th tee during the Ryder Cup.

There will be plethora of birdies with a few eagles mixed in  assuming this hole plays similarly to how it did during the 2015 PGA Championship, where it was the easiest hole on the course, playing to an average of 4.62.

Standing on the tee of this 552-yard par 5, most players know they should be able to reach in two with the forecasted wind direction out of the west (from right to left), which adds a little extra pressure to hit the fairway. Playing well away from Lake Michigan which borders the hole down the entirety of the left side, captain Steve Stricker has opened up the right rough corridor to some 40 feet wide where the players can bail out short of the fairway bunkers.

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The more difficult left side is flanked by numerous bunkers just waiting to catch the errant hook off the tee. A layup must be hit to a serpentine fairway where the line and distance must marry to offer the best option for the approach shot.  

For those who are able to fire for the green in two, great scores await and players will be greeted by a fairway lie with the ball slightly above their feet which gives the best opportunity for a nice high draw into the green from 220-250 yards or more. To assist here, the green is similarly canted from right to left with two mounds protruding into the green from just right of greenside. 

The Puttview yardage book for Whistling Straits’ Straits Course, site of the Ryder Cup (Courtesy of Puttview)

This allows the freedom to aim down the right side and away from trouble and allowing the natural contours to move the ball towards the hole as it bounds onto the putting surface. This avoids taking the risk of hugging the more dangerous left side of the hole, where it only gets more difficult the closer the player gets to the green.  

All in all, there should be plenty of fireworks at the scoreable 16th.  We just might see a few eagles to close out matches here accompanied with the traditional high-decibel roars we have become accustomed to over the years.

Steve Scott is the Director of Instruction for Golfweek and the author of the book “Hey, Tiger – you need to move your mark back,” released earlier this year (Skyhorse Publishing, $19.99). It’s available at movethatback.com. Aside from leading our lessons, Scott is also the PGA head golf professional at the Outpost Club, founder of the Silver Club Golfing Society and a PGA Tour Live analyst.

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Which charities did Team USA members select for their $100K contributions?

The U.S. Ryder Cup team has finalized a $2.85 million commitment to the 43rd Ryder Cup Outreach Program.

Which charities did Team USA members select for their $100K contributions?

HAVEN, Wis. — United States Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker, his five vice captains and the 12-member U.S. Team have finalized their $2.85 million commitment to the 43rd Ryder Cup Outreach Program, which will go to designated charities and youth-golf development programs across the country.

Since 1999, and now spanning 11 Ryder Cups, the outreach program has contributed over $28.6 million to more than 200 charitable organizations.

All members of the 43rd U.S. Team, along with Stricker, designated $100,000 each to the charity or charities of their choice. Another $100,000 is directed to support youth-golf development programs designed to introduce children to golf, provide unique approaches to play the game and deliver world-class coaching and mentoring to juniors who may not otherwise have the financial means.

The five U.S. Vice Captains – Fred Couples, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Davis Love III and Phil Mickelson – each designated $25,000 to the charity or charities of their choice, and another $25,000 to support youth-golf development programs.

The youth golf development programs that will benefit directly from the 43rd Ryder Cup Outreach Program are PGA Jr. League, Drive, Chip & Putt Championship and KPMG Future Leaders Program.

Golfer Community outreach program Amount
Steve Stricker Steve Stricker American Family Foundation $100,000
Daniel Berger Mia’s Miracles Foundation $50,000
Daniel Berger St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital $50,000
Patrick Cantlay The Patrick Cantlay Foundation $100,000
Bryson DeChambeau The Bryson DeChambeau Foundation $100,000
Harris English The Harris English Foundation $50,000
Harris English St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital $25,000
Harris English St. Simons Island Athletic Association $25,000
Tony Finau The Tony Finau Foundation $100,000
Dustin Johnson The Dustin Johnson Foundation $100,000
Brooks Koepka Brooks Koepka Charitable Fund $100,000
Collin Morikawa Make-A-Wish Foundation $25,000
Collin Morikawa American Humane Society $25,000
Collin Morikawa Feeding America $25,000
Collin Morikawa Animal Network $25,000
Xander Schauffele Xander Schauffele Foundation $100,000
Scottie Scheffler Behind Every Door Ministries $20,000
Scottie Scheffler College Golf Fellowship $20,000
Scottie Scheffler Advocates for Community Transformation $20,000
Scottie Scheffler West Dallas Community School $20,000
Scottie Scheffler The Human Impact $20,000
Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth Family Foundation $100,000
Justin Thomas Justin Thomas Foundation $100,000
Fred Couples TGR Foundation $10,000
Fred Couples Eat, Learn, Play Foundation $10,000
Fred Couples An ALS Foundation $5,000
Jim Furyk Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation $25,000
Zach Johnson Zach Johnson Foundation $25,000
Davis Love III Davis Love III Foundation $25,000
Phil Mickelson Phil & Amy Mickelson Foundation $25,000

For more information about the Ryder Cup, go to RyderCup.com.

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