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Masters Hole-by-Hole


No. 18 - Holly

Yards: 465
Par: 4

Now among the most demanding finishing holes in golf, this uphill dogleg right is protected off the tee by two deep bunkers at the left elbow -- the only bunkers in play off the tee on the back nine (except for par 3s). Trees get in the way of a drive that strays to the right. A middle iron typically is required to a green that has a bunker in front and to the right.

Rich Beem's take: "I get goosebumps every time I play it. I get so nervous no matter the situation. The tee shot is such a narrow chute. Until you stand there looking up at it, you forget how narrow it is. There are two bunkers directly out in front of you, but for most guys, they're fairly unreachable. You try to hug the left side of the fairway as much as you can. If you miss it out right, you'll be blocked. It's a slight dogleg to the right, so you have to hit it down the left side to have any sort of shot. Second shot, depending on the wind, could be anywhere from 3 to 8 iron to a green that's two-tiered and extremely firm. They got a big bunker fronting the green, a huge bunker right. The left side slopes down away from you into the gallery. Depending on pin placement, you must be on the correct tier. Putting up to the higher tier, you do have a shot, but putting above the pin to a lower tier, you got no shot. So you got to be aware for your second shot. One of the hardest finishing holes we play all year."

Famous Moment: Arnold Palmer hit 6-iron to 6 feet for a birdie and a one-shot victory in 1960.

Hall of Shame: Palmer walked up the 18th fairway accepting congratulations for another victory, then hit into the bunker and wound up with a double bogey to finish one shot behind Gary Player.

Source: Associated Press

Flyovers from Augusta National

2014 Cumulative Stats
CourseAugusta National Golf Club
Stroke Avg4.22
Double Eagles0
Double Bogeys4
Complete Stats
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