The turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic brought the golf schedule to a halt earlier this year, and, as a result, many tournaments were postponed or cancelled – the Masters being one of them. Annually held at Augusta National in April, the 2020 Masters will now take place in just two weeks’ time (November 12th), and, according to our golf tipster, US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau is set to land back-to-back majors.
As DeChambeau, and many other pros, make their way to Augusta, Georgia, in the hope that they will be fitted into the famous Green Jacket come November 15th, let’s take a look at five of the toughest holes that stand in their way. Read on to find out more.
- Camellia – 10th – Par 4 – 495 yards
Camellia is historically regarded as the hardest hole on Augusta National. The pros need to hook their tee shots around the tight dogleg. However,too far right could leave the pro with a lengthy shot into the green, whilst too much to the left, and they could find themselves in the trees.Although, with great risk comes great reward, as, if their drive is perfect, they could be gifted further yardage, due to the fairway running downhill. Rory McIlroy, who is the second favourite to win the Masters in the golf odds, famously triple-bogeyed this hole as he blew his lead on the final day of the tournament in 2011.
- White Dogwood – 11th – Par 4 – 505 yards
Yep, that’s right, once you’ve putted on the hardest hole on the course, you head for the tee box of the second toughest – and, to make matters worse, White Dogwood is the start of the dreaded Amen Corner. The pros are required to fade their tee shot to reach the fairway on the lengthy par 4. Their shot into the green is made even more difficult by a left-hand-side pond. The water makes it very difficult to birdie the hole, as the pro won’t want to risk losing their ball in the hazard. Instead, they hit their shot down the right, potentially leaving themselves needing to get up-and-down for par.
- Flowering Crabapple – Par 3 – 240 yards
Once named Palm, the 240-yard par 3 was made harder in 2006 when the tee box was moved back 30/35 yards. The pros are required to take a long iron for their opening shot into the oddly shaped green, which is made even tougher by the two bunkers protecting it. In the 2016 Masters, the hole was only birdied 13 times, with none of those coming in the final two rounds!
- Golden Bell – 12th – Par 3 – 155 yards
At 155 yards, the 12th hole may be the shortest on the prestigious course, but it’s considered to be one of the toughest. Golden Bell is exceptionally difficult due to strong winds, Raes Creek, which protects the front of the green, and an array of three bunkers, which are strategically plotted around the tight green. On the final day, the pin is usually on the right of the green, making it an even more testing hole for the pros.
- Magnoli – 5th – Par 4 – 495 yards
Tucked away at the back of the course, Magnoli is often overlooked by the Masters golf-goers. However, the fifth hole is actually one of the toughest on the course. The deep fairway bunkers, which were extended by a huge 80 yards in 2003, and the tee box being moved back 40 yards, in 2018, mean that the pros need to drive about 315 yards around the dogleg to avoid the large sand hazards. Once on the green, large humps make it an extremely difficult putting surface.
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