Golden Bear softens treacherous 16th at Muirfield Village, but it’s no pushover


It’s hard for most of the players in the Memorial Tournament to imagine there was a time the maddening par-3 16th at Muirfield Village Golf Club was a welcomed sight.

Yes, years ago, the short hole was a gentle challenge for the players in Jack Nicklaus’ annual bash in the Buckeye State. From the first tournament in 1974, the antepenultimate hole on the course designed and built by Nicklaus wasn’t much of a bother.

Then, with the 2013 Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village upcoming, the Golden Bear sunk his claws into the turf in 2010 and dug out a lake abutting the green on the left that teamed with three severe bunkers on the right that instantly turned the hole — 200 yards on the scorecard — into a monster with plenty of teeth.

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