Shades of Billy Casper: Why some execs could lay up on Winged Foot’s par-Three third gap
MAMARONECK, N.Y. – They’re euphemistically known as “half pars,” and they’re thought-about holes that blur the strains between conventional scoring requirements.
The par-Three third gap at Winged Foot this week is an ideal instance of such idea.
At 243 yards, it isn’t even the longest par Three that PGA Tour gamers have seen within the final month – that might be the 251-yard eighth at Olympia Fields (BMW Championship) – however No. Three on the West Course has historical past as a “half par.”
In the course of the 1959 U.S. Open, Billy Casper laid up on the third gap all 4 rounds and received the occasion thanks in no small half to 4 consecutive pars at No. 3.
“There is a purpose why Billy Casper laid up on the third gap each single day. That tells you,” Jon Rahm stated.
Pull a Casper? Would Webb lay up on a par 3?
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For the fashionable skilled, laying up on a par Three is usually not within the playbook. However this week may change that notion.
“It is undoubtedly a gap the place you actually do not wish to go lengthy and numerous occasions we will have yardages the place we’re in between golf equipment and we’re all the time going to hit the shorter membership simply to be quick,” Webb Simpson stated. “I hit a shot as we speak, I could not fairly get my 3-iron hybrid there, however I nonetheless did not wish to hit a 5-wood lengthy, so I hit it and I used to be 5 yards wanting the inexperienced excellent. I am not going to purposefully lay up, however I’ll purposefully attempt to hit it wanting the outlet to the entrance pins.”