Augusta National Golf Club
The Masters: No. 1
2013 Average Score: 4.29
2013 Difficulty: 2nd
Hole Name: Tea Olive
This slight dogleg right plays uphill and confronts players with a daunting tee shot. Clearing a yawning fairway bunker will require a 300-plus-yard drive. Players missing left off the tee may catch the trees. The undulating green results in some difficult two-putts.
2013 Flashback: A trio of legends got the tournament going in grand style, as honorary starters Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player — who among them own 13 Green Jackets — laced their drives into the brisk early morning air.
The Masters: No. 2
2013 Average Score: 4.71 2013 Difficulty: 16th
Hole Name: Pink Dogwood
Playing a slight draw off the tee of this dogleg left should set up a chance to go at this green in two, although large, deep greenside bunkers can catch errant second shots.
The Masters: No. 3
2013 Average Score: 4.01
2013 Difficulty: 14th
Hole Name: Flowering Peach
The shortest par 4 on the course often finds players hitting iron or fairway metal off the tee, leaving them short of the four fairway bunkers and resulting in a full club to an L-shaped green where it is better to be long than short. The tricky green, which is not entirely visible from the fairway, slopes right to left. Architect Alister MacKenzie felt this to be a nearly perfect hole, and it has changed less over the years than any other hole on the course.
The Masters: No. 4
2013 Average Score: 3.39
2013 Difficulty: 1st
Hole Name: Flowering Crab Apple
A long par 3 that was the toughest hole on the course in 2013. The hole is made even tougher by changing winds. Two greenside bunkers guard the wide, sloping green.
The Masters: No. 5
2013 Average Score: 4.23
2013 Difficulty: 5th
Hole Name: Magnolia
An uphill dogleg left hole with a sloping green, this hole was inspired by the famed Road Hole at St. Andrews. The deep fairway bunkers make accuracy off the tee essential. It is a 315-yard carry over the bunkers. The pin is always on the upper level of the two-tiered green, which slopes down to the front.
The Masters: No. 6
2013 Average Score: 3.11
2013 Difficulty: 10th
Hole Name: Juniper
Fans often gather on the hillside beneath this elevated tee, which looks down to a large target. The green features a big hump on its right, making pin position the key. Three-putts are not uncommon, especially if players put the ball on the wrong part of the green relative to the pin placement.
The Masters: No. 7
2013 Average Score: 4.24
2013 Difficulty: 4th
Hole Name: Pampas
This hole was lengthened in 2002, bringing driver back into play off the tee. The hole is straight but extremely tight. Drives are often played to the left-center of the fairway, leaving a short to mid-iron from a level lie. Players will need to avoid the three bunkers in front of the green and the two behind.
The Masters: No. 8
2013 Average Score: 4.69
2013 Difficulty: 17th
Hole Name: Yellow Jasmine
The longer hitters can get home in two with a blind second shot, but there’s a fairway bunker in play on the right, placing a premium on accuracy off the tee. This uphill hole features trouble left of the green, which has no bunkers but is guarded by mounds.
The Masters: No. 9
2013 Average Score: 4.11
2013 Difficulty: 11th
Hole Name: Carolina Cherry
This hole is best known for a green that slopes severely from back to front, and many approach shots roll off the front of the green. Players often hit their tee shots down the right side to take away the two greenside bunkers on the left.
Front Nine Scoring Average (2013): 36.77
The Masters: No. 10
2012 Average Score: 4.20
2012 Difficulty: 8th
Hole Name: Camellia
The famous downhill fairway of this long par 4 can produce some long drives, although tee shots that stray to the right can leave an awkward stance off a slanted lie, and tee shots left bring trees into play. The green slopes right to left. Historically, this is the toughest hole at Augusta National.
2013 Flashback: In Sudden Death, Angel Cabrera and Adam Scott matched pars at 18, and after the trip back to No. 10, they matched perfect drives and clutch approach shots. But after Cabrera's putt narrowly missed dropping in the back door, Scott calmly drove home his winning putt, to the considerable relief of the nation of Australia — not to mention sportswriters who were facing deadlines and worried that darkness might extend the tournament to Monday.
The Masters: No. 11
2013 Average Score: 4.28
2013 Difficulty: 3rd
Hole Name: White Dogwood
The third-toughest hole on the course in 2013, this hole is the start of Amen Corner, and wind is often a factor. A pond guards the green to the left, and a bunker is strategically placed right-center. This hole has decided all but three of the Masters sudden death playoffs, and may be best remembered for Larry Mize’s incredible chip-in in 1987.
The Masters: No. 12
2013 Average Score: 3.22
2013 Difficulty: 7th
Hole Name: Golden Bell
One of the most famous holes in golf, this is the shortest par 3 on the course. With swirling winds, club selection for a knee-knocking tee shot can range from a 6-iron to a 9-iron. Rae’s Creek and three bunkers guard the impossibly narrow green.
The Masters: No. 13
2013 Average Score: 4.75
2013 Difficulty: 15th
Hole Name: Azalea
A delightful risk/reward hole where both three and seven are possibilities. An accurate shot to the center of the fairway allows a player to go for the green in two. A tributary of Rae’s Creek guards the green, and behind the putting surface are a deep swale and four bunkers. From tee to green there are approximately 1,600 azaleas.
2013 Flashback: Third-round co-leader Brandt Snedeker never found his rhythm on Sunday, posting another disappointing Masters finish five years after his final-round meltdown cost him the 2008 green jacket. Even par and still in contention through nine holes, Snedeker had a crushing 3-putt at No. 10, but it was a shot that found the creek at 13, the scene of his 2008 debacle, that took him out of contention for good.
The Masters: No. 14
2013 Average Score: 4.10
2013 Difficulty: 12th
Hole Name: Chinese Fir
The only hole on the course with no bunkers, No. 14 is a deceptively tough hole made more difficult by a green that terraces down sharply left to right, with significant contours. From a well-struck drive, the second shot will usually be a short-to-middle iron.
The Masters: No. 15
2013 Average Score: 4.64
2013 Difficulty: 18th
Hole Name: Firethorn
Accuracy is critical off the tee of this par 5. Still, it’s an eminently reachable par 5 when the winds are favorable. A well-hit second shot must carry the pond and avoid the right-hand bunker. Lay-ups leave delicate third shots off a downhill lie.
2013 Flashback: Tiger Woods' two-shot penalty following what was judged to be an illegal drop after his second shot at 15 hit the flagstick was the talk of much of the weekend. And even after the penalty, Woods entered the final round within four shots of the leaders and one dazzling round away from a fifth green jacket. But a front-nine 37 on Sunday prevented any sort of momentum, and an inward 33 wasn't nearly enough.
The Masters: No. 16
2013 Average Score: 3.06
2013 Difficulty: 13th
Hole Name: Redbud
This tee shot is all carry over a pond to a green secured by three bunkers. The famous Sunday pin placement tucks the hole behind the pond and front bunker. Putting from below the hole is a must on a difficult green.
2013 Flashback: Jason Day stood on the 16th tee on Sunday with a two-shot lead, looking like Australia's best hope to end the nation's Masters drought. But Day ran out of magic at 16, as he chose to hit putter from behind the green, left the ball five feet short and then missed the par putt. He went on to bogey 17 as well. "I think the pressure got to me a little bit," Day said after he watched countryman Adam Scott earn Australia's first Green Jacket.
The Masters: No. 17
2013 Average Score: 4.22
2013 Difficulty: 6th
Hole Name: Nandina
This hole will have an entirely different look after weather damage forced the removal of the iconic Eisenhower Tree at the left-center of the fairway approximately 210 yards from the tee. Still, an accurate tee shot is a must. The green slopes dramatically off toward the back; players need to leave their approach shots below the hole.
2013 Flashback: Eighth-grader Guan Tianlang suffered a one-stroke penalty on 17 during Friday's second round when he was slow to hit his approach. The chubby-cheeked 14-year-old shook off the penalty and found his way into Butler Cabin as the low amateur and one of the great stories of the 2013 Masters.
The Masters: No. 18
2013 Average Score: 4.18
2013 Difficulty: 9th
Hole Name: Holly
A rugged finisher, this uphill dogleg right is protected off the tee by two bunkers at the left elbow a stout 300-plus yards from the tee. The uphill second shot will likely require a middle iron to a green guarded by two bunkers. Par is a good score, especially under the crushing Sunday pressure.
2013 Flashback: A thrilling five-minute stretch at the 72nd hole provided some of the greatest drama in Masters history. Adam Scott had appeared to clinch that elusive first major with an electrifying birdie putt on the 72nd hole. But Angel Cabrera, trailing by one, answered with one of the greatest, clutchest shots in major championship history, a ripped iron approach to three feet that led to the tying birdie.
Back Nine Scoring Average (2013): 36.65
Total Scoring Average (2013): 73.41
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