Shades of Billy Casper: Why some pros may lay up on Winged Foot's par-3 third hole squib

The par-3 third hole at Winged Foot this week is a perfect example of such concept. At 243 yards, it isn’t even the longest par 3 that PGA Tour players have seen in the last month – that would be the 251-yard eighth at Olympia Fields (BMW Championship) – but No. 3 on the West Course has history as a “half par.” During the 1959 U.S. Open, Billy Casper laid up at the third hole all four rounds and won the event thanks in no small part to four consecutive pars at No. 3.
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