Par 4 sixth hole was moved up on Friday at Atlanta Athletic Club, and players capitalized
The tee at the par-4 sixth hole at Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course was moved up to 229 yards on Friday.
It’s not an easy shot – water protects the hole to the left and front – but laying up is no great bargain, either. Inbee Park hit a driver that went through the green, and then pitched in from 35 yards for eagle. It was one of five eagles the hole yielded. Celine Boutier hit a 3-wood on the green and made eagle; Nelly Korda reached with a 7-wood. Lexi Thompson hit a tee shot with a long iron past pin high on the right, but made bogey.
In all, the hole tied with the par-5 second as the second-easiest for the second round. (The easiest was the par-5 fifth, which gave up 57 birdies.)
“I just went with my 3-wood and whacked it,” said Charley Hull, whose tee shot ended up on the back fringe, setting up a two-putt birdie.
“It's kind of good because you're going to see a lot of birdies and you're going to see a lot of bogeys, especially with the runoff on that hole and the water on the left where you slightly pull it, because the water extends past the pin number. So, yeah, you're going to be in the water.
“I think it's good. I think it's fun. I think it's good for the crowds to watch.”