If you're a long-time golf fan, then you probably can remember a lot of the holes at Hazeltine National. It hosted a pair of PGA Championships in the 2000s won by unknowns -- Rich Beem in 2002 and Y.E. Yang in 2009 over Tiger Woods -- so it's pretty fresh in our collective memory.
However, that memory might get scrambled during the 2016 Ryder Cup because Hazeltine National will play in a different order than you'd normally expect.
During the Ryder Cup, matches will play on holes 1-4, followed by holes 14-18 for the front nine. The players will make the turn and then play Nos. 10-13, followed by Nos. 5-9 for the final stretch of each match. Both the par-5 seventh hole and the par-3 eighth hole, now the 16th and 17th holes for the Ryder Cup, are dramatic holes with water in play -- perfect for match play.
The change was made in large part to improve the routing as a match-play golf course. The traditional 16th and 17th holes of the course offer somewhat restricted views for fans, which would run counter to the climactic nature of match play.
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With 40,000 people expected each day, and with eight matches for each of the first two days and 12 matches on the final day, a lot of fans will be packed on a small percentage of the golf course. Getting as many of them as possible near the likely finishing holes of a match is important, and this routing should achieve that.