Home to 967 bunkers and all manner of unseen humps and hidden hollows, flanked by heavy rough and regularly ravaged by winds whipping in off Lake Michigan, Whistling Straits presents a dramatic and formidable challenge. One man who knows that better than most is Martin Kaymer, winner of the PGA Championship in 2010, the last time it played out at this venue. Five years ago, Kaymer ended 11 under par after 72 holes, then outlasted Bubba Watson in a play-off to lift the first of his two major trophies to date.
Kaymer’s caddie that day, as he is today, was the Scot Craig Connelly. Ahead of the 2015 PGA Championship, ‘Wee Man’ gives Golf World a hole-by-hole account of one of the most demanding back nines in major golf.
10th Hole – Voyager
Par 4, 391 Yards
Downwind, this hole is driveable for longer-hitters. For the rest, the key is carrying the bunker in the middle of the fairway about 240 yards out, then ‘dropping anchor’ before the ball runs into the next bunker 40-50 yards further on. A good shot leaves a short pitch to a green that sits above the player but is pretty flat. We’ll see a lot of birdies here.