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Finishing hole proves pivotal

Updated: August 16, 2001, 10:17 PM ET
By David Kraft | ESPN.com

DULUTH, Ga. - The 18th hole at the Highlands course at Atlanta Athletic Club had plenty of buildup as one of the toughest finishing holes in major championship golf.

But Thursday, it actually added some intrigue when it played as the ninth hole as well. For the first time in 30 years, the PGA Championship started players at both the first and 10th tees. That meant half the field played the 18th as their ninth hole.

Par-4 18th on Thursday

Average 4.340

Rank 2

Eagles 0

Birdies 15

Pars 82

Bogeys 42

Doubles 9

Others 2

The ...

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