Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Beware of The Bear Trap

by Roz Roberts III

Technically, it's the hardest three consecutive holes on the PGA Tour.  Unofficially, it's called the "Bear Trap".   This week, Michael Thompson and the rest of the PGA Tour professionals will get to face holes 15, 16 and 17 at the PGA National Champion Course and those that survive will be in contention at the end of the week at the Honda Classic.

The Bear Trap gets it's name from it's core architect Jack Nicklaus ("The Golden Bear") and averaged more than 1.17 shots over par last year.  In it's entirety, the par 70 PGA National Champion Course was the second hardest on Tour.  If the wind picks up, look for big numbers to be posted at the 190 yard par three hole #17.  The hole features a very small, 30 foot landing zone that is nestled between a bunker on the left and a water hazard on the right.  The wind blows primarily from the left to right making the water a distinct location for tee shots.  Last year there were only 28 birdies compared to 236 pars, 100 bogeys, 63 double bogeys and 10 others.

Tee Times
Michael will be paired with Kevin Stadler and Rod Pampling for the first two rounds.  The trio tees off at 1:10pm ET from the tenth hole.

Television Times
The Honda Classic will be aired on the Golf Channel for the first couple of rounds and then will be on NBC for the weekend.

Thu, 3/1
Fri, 3/2
Sat, 3/3
Sun, 3/4
GOLF 3p - 6p ET
GOLF 3p - 6p ET
NBC 3p - 6p ET
NBC 3p - 6p ET

Online Scoring Links

Michael Thompson's Scorecard
Michael Thompson on Shottracker
Michael Thompson's Group on Shottracker

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