This is one of the holes that has drawn some criticism for Augusta National making the hole longer. That being said, I found this to still be a very fair test of golf. In fact, two years ago I saw quite a few pros tee off on this hole with a 3-wood and have no problem reaching the green in two. It may take out guys like Gary Player and Gay Brewer, but if Fred Funk can reach it in two without much of an issue, then it's still a reasonable length in my book.
Original Intent:"A tee shot played to the right which does not avail itself of the slope will add at least two club numbers to the length of the second shot, in addition to which the approach to the green must be made across the slopes, rather than directly into them. A good drive down the left side usually makes it possible to play the second with a medium iron, sometimes even less if the wind be behind."- Bobby Jones, in Sports Illustrated, April 6, 1959
- Green relocated from fairway bottom to current location, 1937
- Tee moved back 5-10 yards and moved five yards to the golfer's left, 2002
Did It Work?
Historically the most difficult hole on the course, the long par-4 requires two solid shots. Moving the green turned a relatively tame hole into a monster.
History Score: 4.32
Average History Rank: 1st