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Strictly Tweaking

Baltusrol has been lengthened considerably since the 1993 U.S. Open, the last major held there, but the extra yardage wasn't the only thing that caught the eye of "Gorjus" George Lucas

Gorjus's Yardage

According to the PGA Championship program, par-70 Baltusrol will play at 7,392 yards, but the pros won't go by that. They'll use Gorjus George's yardages. Here's what Baltusrol measured for the '93 Open and what Lucas says it will play at next week.

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Green Monsters
The 652-yard 17th at Baltusrol will be the longest hole ever played in a major championship, but it'll be only the fifth-longest on the PGA Tour.

Yards

Hole

Course

Tournament

667

16th

Firestone South

NEC Invitational

665

1st

LaCantera

Texas Open

663

18th

Kapalua

Mercedes Championships

663

15th

Tucson National

Chrysler Classic

 

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DAVID WALBERG

YARDOLOGIST

Lucas (with Woody) has made the tour pros' yardage books since 1976. He measured Baltusrol last month.

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ILLUSTRATIONS BY GEORGE LUCAS