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PGA VS. USGA

Baltusrol is the 21st course to have hosted both a PGA Championship and a U.S. Open. Seeing the PGA at a traditional Open venue is a reminder of how different the two host organizations are. Here's a recap.

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PGA

USGA

Past Champions

Lifetime exemption

10-year exemption

Past Champions
Dinner

Wednesday night

We have better
things to do

Past Champions
Parking

Assigned spaces

You're on your own

Course Setup
Mantra

"Tough but fair"

"Everyone has
to play it"

Fairway Width

25-30 yards

21-25 yards

Bunker Sand

Almost firm

Fluffy

Rough

Topped at four inches

Claims it's topped
at four inches

Syringing
During Play

To keep greens alive

To keep balls from
rolling off

Red Numbers

No worries

Not on your life

Places We'll
Never Go Again

PGA National, Riviera

Anywhere the
PGA has been

Beloved Public
Venue

Whistling Straits

Bethpage

Changing Par-5s
to Par-4s

Because the
USGA does it

Because P.J.
Boatwright did it

Soft Spot for ...

Club pros

Special exemptions

4th at Baltusrol

190 yards every day

190 yards twice;
132 yards twice

Media Gift Bag

Absolutely

Are you kidding?

Pet Cause

Play Golf America

The First Tee

Price of
Corporate Tent

$180,000

$200,000

Official coat

Navy blue with
drops of hair spray

Navy blue with
dandruff flakes

 

COLOR PHOTO

CHUCK SOLOMON (SIGN)

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GETTY IMAGES (HOSE)

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USGA (BOATWRIGHT)

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COURTESY OF THE FIRST TEE (LOGO)