Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Look At Augusta National: #5 - 'Magnolia'

One of the few holes I didn't check out at both of my trips to Augusta. A gradual turning dogleg.

455 yards
Par 4

Original Intent:"The proper line here is, as closely as possible, past the bunker on the left side of the fairway. It is not necessary to carry this bunker in order to direct the drive into a groove in the fairway on top of the hill. But it is a very comforting safety factor to have sufficient length for the carry should the shot be pulled slightly."- Bobby Jones, in Sports Illustrated, April 6, 1959

Significant Changes:
- Fairway bunkers extended about 80 yards toward the green, 2003
- Tee moved back, 2003

Did It Work?

Yes. Players rarely try to carry the bunkers anymore, so they are forced to play to the right, which means a longer shot to a difficult green.

Average History Score: 4.27
Average History Rank: 5th



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