The Best Short Story of the 2019 U.S. Open? The No. 7 Hole at Pebble Beach

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It is the shortest hole that most of the world’s best golfers ever play. At barely 100 downhill yards from tee to green, it consumes just one-seventieth of the overall length of Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Yet the cliffside seventh hole is where the best players pause to look around and, these days, take a selfie overlooking the ocean. It is also the place that might require a smooth wedge one day and a hard-punched 5-iron the next.

It is a beautiful and wicked par 3, with a habit of interjecting itself into United States Open lore.

“Think you can throw it on the green?” Jon Rahm, the 24-year-old Spaniard, asked his caddie during a practice round on an uncommonly warm and still Tuesday. The sign nearby said the hole was 109 yards away.

“No,” the caddie replied.

“From the front of the tee box?” Rahm asked.

“Maybe,” the caddie said.

Rahm later called the seventh “easily” one of the three best par 3s in the world. When Justin Rose was asked which holes stood out at Pebble Beach — a course jammed with iconic holes — his mind went to the seventh.

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