July 21, 2013; Gullane, United Kingdom; Phil Mickelson winning the 2013 The Open Championship trophy at Muirfield Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Paul Cunningham-USA TODAY Sports

Fans can vote for pin placement at upcoming PGA Championship


Hey, I mean, if it works for selecting who will be the next Idol of America…

The upcoming PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club will have a neat little twist: fans will be allowed to select the pin placement for the par-3 15th hole. The choice will be applied to the final round of the major championship.

18-time major winner Jack Nicklaus spoke about the novel idea, singing its praises: “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.It’s like being able to call the shots during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl” (ESPN).

Hmm. Ok.

Kerry Haigh, the chief championships officer for the PGA, said the interactive voting process will help engage/educate fans:

A big part of this is not only to enhance participation and interests among golf fans worldwide, but also to educate fans, spectators and non-golfers of the information that the best players in the world have when they stand on the tee with their hole sheet and yardage book and all the factors that they are considering for the shot.

Now if we could just get the population excited about voting in those pesky (and less exciting) presidential elections…

[Source: ESPN]

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