124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

The Loop

Johnson: Sunday's Hole Locations On The Edge

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Those trailing Tiger Woods might have to hope for the best player in the history of oxygen to cave rather than rely on their ability to play catch up. That's because the hole location sheet handed out by the USGA shows 16 locations -- count 'em, 16 -- six paces or less from the edge of the green, making going at the flagstick a risky proposition.

Perhaps the two most accessible locations are at the par-3 eighth, where the holes is cut 14 paces deep and in the dead center of the green; and the par-4 15th, where the hole is 25 paces on and in the center.

The location on 18, however, is designed for risk and reward -- a mere six paces on and six paces in from the right. This front-right spot could yield some eagles, but could prove costly for any player coming up short or short-siding themselves.

-- E. Michael Johnson