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July 23, 2013

Fans to choose hole location at PGA Championship

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If Phil Mickelson or Ian Poulter have any complaints with the pin placement on No. 15 at Oak Hill during the final round of the PGA Championship, they won't have to look far to find the culprit.

For the first time in history, fans will get to step inside the ropes – albeit from behind their computer screens – and select the Sunday hole location for the 181-yard par-3.

"It really was Jack's idea to get more fan participation in the championship," said Kerry Haigh, PGA of America Chief Championships Officer. "And what better way than to select a hole location in the final round of the PGA Championship?"

None of the four selections present an easy opportunity for the professionals. Water waits for any shot that ventures too far right while three bunkers guard the left side of the green. Jack Nicklaus, the challenge host, says selection 'D' is the only one that presents a true challenge because it forces players to take on the pin instead of leaving it in the middle of the green.

Nicklaus won the PGA when it was hosted at Oak Hill in 1980 by a then-record seven strokes.

Fans can vote at picktheholechallenge.pga.com.

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