Before Hazeltine National Golf Club hosts the 2016 Ryder Cup, take a look back at its historic past as well as some unique features.
1. Hazeltine has hosted every major USGA and PGA of America championship
Since the course opened in 1962, the Robert Trent Jones designed course has hosted every championship available in the United States. It is one of two courses in the world that has hosted a U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Amateur Championship, and now a Ryder Cup.
2. Site of Payne Stewart's 1991 U.S. Open victory
After receiving negative reviews from players for its difficulty at the 1970 U.S. Open, Robert Trent Jones' son Rees helped the course undergo major renovations. The course was awarded the 1991 U.S. Open, and it did not disappoint.
Payne Stewart's second major championship victory came in an 18-hole playoff against Scott Simpson, in which he trailed by two strokes with three holes to play before pulling out the victory.
3. Rich Beem holds off Tiger at 2002 PGA Championship
Tiger Woods entered the 2002 PGA Championship having already won two majors during he year and eight overall. At the peak of his power, Woods birdied the final four holes of the tournament to post a nine-under total.
However, Rich Beem tallied five birdies and an eagle in his final round, good enough to hold off Woods by a single shot to win his only major championship.
4. The last time Tiger Woods held a 54-hole lead at a major
Y.E. Yang's victory over Tiger Woods at the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine was historic for many reasons. It was Yang's only major, and marked the first time that an Asian-born golfer won a major championship.
It was also the first time that Tiger Woods failed to win after holding a 54-hole lead at a major championship. To date Tiger is 41-2 when holding an outright lead after 54 holes on the PGA Tour, but Yang played lights-out in the same grouping as Woods. His chip-in at the 14th hole for eagle gave him a lead he did not relinquish.
5. The course has been rerouted for the Ryder Cup
The PGA of America has rerouted the setup of the course for the 2016 Ryder Cup from the way it played at the 2009 PGA Championship.
After playing the first four holes, the rest of the front nine will consist of holes 14 through 18. Then the back nine begins with the original holes 10 through 13 before jumping back to the original holes five through nine. The full reasons for the switch can be seen here, but the new setup will improve the viewing experience of fans and help spectators coming on and off the property.
6. There's a high school across the street
Right across the street from the Hazeltine property sits Chaska High School, founded in 1905 before the Hazeltine National Golf Course was even built.
Today the school hosts about 1,200 students, and as you'd expect, a decent golf program. Junior Clay Kucera placed 4th in last year's Minnesota AAA State Golf Championship.
7. You can watch the Ryder Cup from your backyard
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In addition to the high school across the street, there are a number of homes with backyards that back up to the course. One of which, listed here, has a pool and promises a good view of holes six and seven.
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