Who came up with this unusual idea?
Jack Nicklaus, in a way. Yes, that golf legend who won five PGA Championships, including the 1980 edition at Oak Hill, which the Golden Bear won by a record seven strokes.
"It really was Jack's idea to get more fan participation in the championship," PGA of America's Kerry Haigh said. "And what better way than to select a hole location in the final round of the PGA Championship?"
More on the hole challenge from PGA.com:
[F]ans are encouraged to visit PGA.com from July 23-Aug. 10, in order to vote for one of four exciting and challenging final-round hole locations for the par-3, 181-yard 15th hole at Oak Hill. Nicklaus, whose final PGA Championship victory occurred at Oak Hill in 1980, collaborated with PGA Chief Championships Officer Kerry Haigh to select the picturesque 15th hole due to the impact it will likely have on the PGA Championship's outcome. As a result, Haigh has identified and selected each of these four distinct Championship hole locations for fans to vote. On August 11, during Sunday's final round coverage on TNT and CBS, fans will be able to see the winning hole position that will be used on the 15th green."The chance for golf fans to interact with the PGA Championship and play a role in shaping the outcome of the final round fascinates me," Nicklaus said. "It's like being able to call the shots during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl."
So there you go. To find out more, or to cast your vote, go to PickTheHoleChallenge.pga.com.