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Hazeltine National Golf Club, Minnesota

It's been an agonising seven years since the PGA Championship was hosted at the Minnesotan beauty that is Hazeltine. Things have changed a little since then, with all modifications pointing towards a Tiger win. Well, that's what the critics will have you believe. But what do they know...

A Hazeltine History Lesson
A former USGA president, the excellently-named Totton P. Heffelfinger wanted to create a club that could host majors. Executive Golf Club of Minnesota, however,  didn't quite catch on with its members, so in honour of the adjoining Lake Hazeltine, it was renamed. Class dismissed.

Like Father, Like Son
Created by Robert Trent Jones, Hazeltine opened its doors in 1962. Over the years, Jones made significant changes to adapt the course to the needs of a major championship, and ahead of the '91 US Open, his son, Rees Jones, had a tinker with the layout himself.

It's Long. Make That Scary Long

Tweaks were made to the course in the summer of 2008, and at 7,674 yards, this will be the longest major championship venue in history, folks. Three of its par fives measure over 600 yards, which is downright mental.


A Major Statement

In line with Heffelfinger's original intent, Hazeltine finally got its maiden major in 1966, hosting the US Women's Open. It has since hosted the U.S. Open in 1970, 1991 and 2002, 2002 PGA Championship as well as the 2006 US Amateur. In 2016, it will welcome the Ryder Cup.

Lightning Never Strikes Twice
At least that's what John Hannahan will be hoping. A spectator at the 1991 U.S. Open, Hannahan rushed to get shelter under a willow tree from a sudden thunderstorm, only for the lightning to strike. Eighteen years on, Hannahan will make his first trip back to Hazeltine since the incident.


 

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