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

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — 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.