February 16, 2006

Nissan Open Preview: The Wrong Hole In One

The players of the PGA Tour tee it up this week at the heralded Riviera Country Club located just outside of Los Angeles, CA for the 2006 Nissan Open (Broadcast Schedule). While the media will be focusing its attention on whether or not Tiger Woods can finally win this event (it is the only PGA Tour stop that Mr. Woods has played at least 3 times, but never won), we here at Ace Weekly want to focus on another, more interesting golf story: the par 3 sixth hole.

For those of you not familiar with this devilish par 3, it is renowned for its unusual bunker placement. While most golf course architects choose to protect a green with sand traps located all around the putting surface, Riviera's decided the most appropriate place for a bunker was in fact in the middle of the green! (Watch video flyover of the sixth hole)

This unique setup will undoubtedly create some wildly exciting choices for this week's golfers. While common golf etiquette teaches us not to ever chip the ball while on the putting surface, you will surely see some professionals at this week's event consider doing so should their tee shots end up on the wrong side of the bunker. You can just imagine the grimace on the face of Riviera's greenskeeper every time a golfer takes a wedge out of his bag to chip the ball over the sand trap.

Also of note to all you hole in one contest fans out there, if your tee shot ends up in the sixth's in-green bunker, it most certainly does not count as an ace!