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the hole great is you want to get it as far down as you can off the tee, but the farther you get it down there, the more narrow it is,” said Bryce Molder, the 2011


Frys.com Open champion. Overzealous tee shots


are susceptible to the en- croaching sand dunes from the left, and more cowardly bailouts are caught by an- other set of dunes inside a hazard to the right.


The best angle for the approach is positioned some- where in between. The target is a set of power boxes through the fairway with a 240-yard shot, which sets up a rare look straight down the green, inside of 150 yards. “I really learned how to play that hole from Randy Haag and Dar- ryl Donovan,” said Brown, who caddied for both in NCGA events. Haag and Dono-


van won the 2010 NCGA Four-Ball Championship at Spyglass by carding pars on No. 4 all three rounds. “It was always some


sort of hybrid 240-245 for them,” Brown continued. “You wanted to try and hit it right-center to open up that back-left. If you hit it left, you can’t see where the flag is over that mound.” But spend a day on


the fourth hole during the AT&T, and the strategies will vary as much as the seaside breeze. Except for Snedeker’s. Would Snedeker ever


consider a more aggressive strategy, even in a practice round? “No, no. Never,” said


Snedeker, smiling as if he knew better. “I don’t ever want to be tempted.”


Varying strategies for the fourth hole at Spyglass: CASEY BOYNS


16-time NCGA champion The pin’s always down for the AT&T. You kind of need to get it down and to the left, so you have a close shot and can throw it all the way down there.


BRANDT SNEDEKER PGA Tour Pro


I’ve seen too many disasters out there. I’m just trying to hit an iron into the fairway, iron on the green and get out of there.


JORDAN SPIETH PGA Tour Pro It’s a little more nerve-wracking into the wind. The way it was designed with a short-iron in, it’s a great risk-reward.


NICK WATNEY PGA Tour Pro The green is so skinny that even a great drive could end up in a bad spot. If you can get to about 100 yards to the front, you’ll have about 140 yards to the hole. That’s what I try to get to.


BRYCE MOLDER PGA Tour Pro


I always hit some sort of 230-yard shot off the tee. So I’ll hit anything from a 3-wood to a hybrid. There’s a box I aim at. I try to get it just inside of that. And then it’s any- where from a 9-iron to a 7-iron.


BOBBY BROWN Dustin Johnson’s caddie PLAYING SAFE: It really depends on the wind. It was always some sort of hybrid 240-245. You wanted to try and hit it right-center to open up that back-left. If you hit it left, you can’t see where the flag is over that mound. PLAYING AGGRESSIVE: If we were going to miss, we were going to block it a little right. We would try to start it a little right of that right bunker and turn it off the concession stand.


SPRING 2013 / NCGA.ORG / 43


PHOTO: MILLER BROWN


PHOTO: PGA TOUR


PHOTO: PGA TOUR/CHRIS CONDON


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