In the season-long Aon Risk Reward Challenge, the best strategic decision makers on the LPGA and PGA Tours are rewarded for how they perform while playing several of golf’s most famous risk-reward holes at certain key tournaments throughout the season. We sat down with some of golf’s biggest stars to find out their plan of attack for certain Aon tournament challenge holes, and they walked us through their yardage books.
What does it take to reach a risk-reward par 5 around water in two? According to Tony Finau, threading the needle off the tee with a driver so that you’re left with a comfortably short iron from the fairway into the green. The finishing hole for the PGA Tour’s 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn., puts his theory to the test.
Tour winner Xander Schauffele says that the key to maneuvering a reachable par-5 successfully is strong data about the hole and the form the player is in. When it comes to the 16th at TPC Southwind, the home of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Schauffele leans hard on the homework and analysis done by his caddie, Austin Keiser, on the hole and his game.
Few finishing holes in professional golf set up for more drama than the 507-yard 18th at the Seaview Golf Club in Galloway, N.J., home of the LPGA Tour's Shoprite Classic. Here, Tour star Yu Liu talks about the importance of taking all the variables into consideration (especially the wind) on a hole like this, which is decidedly reachable in two but can spell disaster if you don't thread the needle off the tee.