PGA Championship: Seven things to learn about Kiawah’s Ocean Course from the 2012 statistics

There’s much to learn from the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course as focus shifts to this year’s rendition of the major championship at the same coastal layout in South Carolina.

Much attention will be on Rory McIlroy, who ran away from the field alongside the Atlantic Ocean in 2012 for an eight-shot victory over David Lynn. But what can we learn about the course itself? A few things to start, then seven specific spots of interest from the 2012 hole-by-hole statistics.

First off, The Ocean Course is not as easy as McIlroy made it appear. He finished at 13 under par and alone in double digits under par, with only 20 players total breaking par.

Second, the fearsome par-3 17th might not be as fearsome as some would assume, in relation to the other par 3s on the course.

And third, players better be ready to go right out of the gate, as the start of the front nine presented the best scoring opportunities in 2012.

Following are more points of interest from the hole-by-hole statistics from the 2012 PGA Championship at the Pete Dye-designed Kiawah Island Ocean Course, which ranks No. 1 on Golfweek’s Best list of public-access courses in South Carolina.

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