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The Nine Hardest Courses on the PGA Tour

These are the nine most difficult courses on the PGA Tour during the 2020-21 season.

It's no surprise when the world's best players go way low, like Cam Smith did when he won the 2022 Tournament of Champions with a record 34 under par.

But there are times when courses do get the better of PGA Tour players, relatively speaking. Here are a few that did that during the 2020-21 season, according to statistics from the official PGA Tour media guide, which ranks them based on average score relative to par.

The Nine Hardest Courses on the PGA Tour

9. Waialae Country Club — .513 strokes over par

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Waialae Country Club is the home of the Sony Open.Kyle Terada-USA Today Sports The Arena Group

8. Pebble Beach Golf Links — .516 strokes over par

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Pebble Beach Golf Links.David Rodriguez/The Salinas Californian / USA Today Network The Arena Group

7. Torrey Pines GC (South) — .534 strokes over par

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The Farmers Insurance Open is played at Torrey Pines.Orlando Ramirez-USA Today Sports The Arena Group

6. TPC Harding Park — .755 strokes over par

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Collin Morikawa won his first career major in the 2020 PGA Championship at Harding Park.Kelvin Kuo-USA Today Sports The Arena Group

5. Spyglass Hill — .877 strokes over par

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Spyglass Hill is one of the host courses for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Orlando Ramirez-USA Today Sports The Arena Group

4. Olympia Fields (North) — 1.815 strokes over par

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The 2020 BMW Championship was at Olympia Fields.Olympia Fields Country Club The Arena Group

3. PGA National (Champion) — 1.904 strokes over par

2. Muirfield Village — 2.007 strokes over par

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Brooks Koepka tracks down an errant shot during the 2020 Memorial at Muirfield.Aaron Doster-USA Today Sports The Arena Group

1. Bay Hill Club and Lodge — 2.106 strokes over par

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Tiger Woods celebrates a birdie on the 18th hole at Bay Hill in 2011.Allan Henry-USA Today Sports The Arena Group

Here are the hardest courses in table form:

The other courses that averaged over par in the 2020-21 season were No. 10 Riviera Country Club (.255) and the Golf Club of Houston (.011).

The easiest was La Quinta Country Club. The average round there was -2.824 strokes under par.

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This story was originally published January 13, 2022 2:47 PM.

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