Hole #13: Pacific Dunes
Ranked again as the #1 Golf Course in the United States by Golf Magazine ( http://courses.golf.com/top-courses-...play-2010.html
), this course challenges the most accurate of hitters. Located in Bandon, Oregon (along with the 5th, 10th, and 15th ranked U.S. Courses), this God-inspiring design sits along the edge of the Pacific Ocean in Southern Oregon where tropical breezes blow inland throughout the year. If you're not accurate, you'll be playing from rough conditions, similar to what you've been seeing this weekend at the PGA Championship. If you ever find yourself on this challenging piece of Paradise, you'll be playing alongside players from around the World. On any given day, the normal golfer here is from Scotland, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Korea, England, Spain and South Africa. And, it's not because of the money. You can play here for as little as $75, depending on the season. At most, it's $275. It's links golf at it's finest.
The REDS hit a marvelous tee shot (winning the last game and the series against the Pirates) and beautiful second shot (a sweep of the Cubs) on this Par-5, but as with any great links course, their approach shot found trouble (3-game sweep by the Cardinals) and landed in some deep brush.
Like the true Champion they seem destined to become in 2010, they dug out of the rough with their best shot of the course and landed it in the hole for a BIRDIE
(6-3) (First two wins against the Marlins setting up a possible sweep, which they accomplished; but, that's the first shot of the next hole, #14).
After 13 Holes: (11-UNDER
So, with 5 holes to go, the REDS are set up to win this thing. They've put themselves in position to win through 13 holes. Only they can stop themselves. Don't look behind. Continue to play aggressively. Go for the pin!