The Masters 2019: Hole-by-hole guide to Augusta National as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and co eye glory


The Masters 2019: Hole-by-hole guide to Augusta National as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and co eye glory

The Augusta National is home to some of the most famous holes in golf and they will be on show once again with The 2019 Masters upon us.

From Fire Thorn to Azalea – and don’t forget Flowering Crabapple – every hole is familiar and provides the perfect setting for the first Major of the year.

Here’s how the pros will tackle all 18 and The Masters memories that have been made over the years.

1st

Plays as one of the hardest holes on the course thanks to the subtle undulations of the green and magnet-like bunker on the right of the fairway.

The first tee shot is also one of the most nerve-wracking shots of the round, so hit a bad one and it could set the tone for the rest of the day.

2nd

This hole can throw up everything from an albatross to a bogey and is one of the most exciting on the course.

Players need to hit a raking draw off the tee and feather the second shot up the narrow shoot at the front of the green.

3rd

If the wind is blowing strong from behind and conditions are firm underfoot then the longest hitters will smash a driver up near the green.

If they don’t then it is all about laying up to a yardage that suits them for a wedge second shot to a hole where they will look for birdie.

4th

The green is a massive target but players will be going in with a long iron and need to hit the correct part of the putting surface to leave themselves a look at birdie and par.

Danger lurks all around but it is better to miss it in the bunkers short because then players will be hitting back into a green that slopes towards them.

5th

 

This hole is long, uphill and a dogleg to the left that forces players to hug the left side of the sloping fairway – while avoiding the bunkers, which require a carry of 315 yards to miss.

A demanding par four, it has been lengthened by 40 yards this year and was inspired by the legendary Road Hole at St Andrews.

6th

Players will use a mid iron to hit down the slope to this undulating green, which can throw up a number of pin positions.

There used to be a stream in front of the green but that was taken out and now there remains a solitary bunker to gobble up a mishit shot.

7th

Drives need to find the fairway here so players have ultimate control over spin for their second shots.

Five traps guard the green but, because pros will be going in with a short or mid iron, birdie is a decent shout on this hole.

8th

An uphill hole where the bunker on the right side of the fairway must be avoided if competitors want to reach the green in two.

The second shot will need to be a draw played around the trees to a long thin green which throws up the chance of an eagle.

9th

A drive down the right side of the fairway gives the best angle into this green which slopes severely from back to front.

Players will need to watch the amount of spin on their second shots because even one which lands safely on the green could end up rolling back down the fairway.

10th

This monster par four plays less than it yardage because of how steeply downhill it is.

Again a draw needs to be played off the tee with anything from a driver to a long iron but the difficulty doesn’t end there, with a sloping green another reason why this hole typically plays as the toughest on the course.

11th

Kneel down and say a little prayer, because this is the start of Amen Corner.

The tee shot is downhill and needs to be hit from left to right. The second shot must avoid the pond short left of the green. Banks on the right can be used as a bail out. Par is a great score on the course’s hardest hole.

12th

One of the world’s most famous holes. To quote Arnold Palmer’s wider saying on golf in general, the 12th at Augusta is deceptively simple yet endlessly complicated.

The swirling winds make club selection absolutely pivotal and Rae’s Creek sits short of the bunker and green. The bank will funnel any balls hit short back into a watery grave.

13th

A right to left tee shot for right handers opens up a shot to a green guarded by a tributary to Rae’s Creek and four bunkers – not to mention a huge flowerbed – behind.

Another brilliant risk/reward hole, this one arguably more than any other has been responsible for determining who ends up with the green jacket and has had everything from Phil Mickelson’s astonishing shot from behind the trees to Tiger Woods putting into the water.

14th

Completely devoid of bunkers, this hole’s defence is its nerve-racking green which will test even the steadiest of hearts and hands.

The putting surface slopes significantly from left to right and every putt on it needs to be treated with the utmost respect.

15th

This hole is all about the second shot. Players need to carry the water short, avoid the bunker on the right and not go long over the back, where more water awaits.

Like all of Augusta’s par fives, eagle here is just as likely as a bogey and it throws up many heart-in-your-mouth moments coming so late in the round.

16th

If you put your money on there being a hole in one in the Masters, then chances are it will come here.

Competitors will go in with a short to mid iron to a green that slopes heavily from right to left. The pin is often placed where balls naturally gather – but don’t go too far left into the water.

17th

The tee shot and second shot should provide the pros with few troubles – but it’s a different story when they get to the green.

It slopes off in all directions and, should a player miss it, then there is no such thing as an easy up and down for par.

18th

One of golf’s most iconic tee shots, players will rip a driver or 3-wood through a narrow shoot of trees while hoping to avoid the sand on the left.

The green is split into two distinct tiers and is protected by a bunker short and another on the right, which will see a lot of action over the week.

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