PGA Championship, Monday report

Oak Hill a stern, fair challenge from start to finish

8th Hole - All a player really needs to do on this 428-yard hole is avoid a drive that drifts left into a pair of fairway traps. Otherwise, there's room to rip it within wedge range and put it close. As with the 1st hole, the green's breaks are subtle and not immediately obvious, and must be respected, but this is the best chance for a red number since the 4th.

9th Hole - They turn going 452 yards to a fairway that slopes left toward rough. Better to go there, though, than to hit one right into a valley where all a player can do is chip out. The same warning applies up at the green, where it's far better to miss it right, and be uphill, than to go left and face a tiny chance at recovery.

10th Hole - To kick off the back nine, it's an underrated 429-yard gem. Whether a driver or something less is used, the fairway is narrow (again) and could kick a ball toward bunkers or rough. Then, though a short iron is used for the approach, the tiered green forces a player to either be safe below the cup, or aggressive for a birdie and risk something much worse.

11th Hole - What was once a tame par-three is now 226 yards, usually into the wind. With a mid-iron or even a hybrid, golfers will try and avoid four bunkers that surround the green. However, the putting surface is not as tilted as the 3rd, so anything that hits the green offers reasonable birdie chances, and recoveries for par shouldn't be too taxing, either.

12th Hole - Just 372 yards, but not even the longest pros can drive this green because it sits atop a steep hillside. Yet it's still advantageous to go long because the fairway widens beyond the landing area for irons. Oh, and this is also one of Oak Hill's best greens, narrow and very quick for anyone who gets above the cup.

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