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Golf Fans Vote on Pin Location for PGA Championship’s 15th Hole

July 24 (Bloomberg) -- Golf fans will pick the pin location for the final par-3 at next month’s PGA Championship in a first for the 95-year-old tournament.

Fans can choose between four options for the 181-yard 15th hole at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, which will host the last major tournament of the year Aug. 8-11.

“The chance for golf fans to interact with the PGA Championship and play a role in shaping the outcome of the final round fascinates me,” five-time PGA champion Jack Nicklaus said in a statement on the tournament organizer’s website.

Fans can get a visual of each choice and hear Nicklaus explaining how each location will affect a golfer’s strategy.

“It’s a green that does have plentiful locations because there’s water all the way down the length of the hole and three bunkers,” said Kerry Haigh, the chief championships officer for the PGA of America. “There isn’t an easy one. It’s difficult. And it’s sheltered by a tree on the left, so the wind will influence the shot.”

Entrants will also have an opportunity to win a behind-the-scenes experience for two during the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, a Nicklaus-designed course.

Voting at ends Aug. 10.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at

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