Masters: Ranking the second nine holes at Augusta
From Camellia to the closing hole called Holly, the second nine at the Masters is golf's most famous.
I listed the best holes on the first nine on Monday and wanted to roll through the more famous second nine today and talk about my favorites there.
No. 10 -- Camellia -- Par-4 -- Traditionally the most difficult hole on the course. It's so steep that if you trip walking toward the green, you'll roll most of the way.
No. 16 -- Redbud -- Par-3 -- Where I've always set up shop on the weekend. The electricity on Sunday afternoon is unbelieveable because you can watch tee shots on No. 6, approaches on No. 15, and tee shots on No. 17 as well as everything on No. 16.
No. 15 -- Firethorn -- Par-5 -- I still think Phil Mickelson's flop shot from behind the green a few years ago was the most amazing shot I've ever seen there.
No. 13 -- Azalea -- Par-5 -- The end of the most famous stretch of holes in the world. And watching from the corner of the gallery across from the No. 13 green, right next to the No. 14 tee box, is one of the best spots on the course.
No. 18 -- Holly -- Par-4 -- A great finishing hole. Only four birdies on No. 18 have ever won the Masters.
No. 12 -- Golden Bell -- Par-3 -- A lot of people love this hole, but it's not my favorite. Patrons are 150 yards away from the action on the green.
"It's still Augusta, but not my favorite" holes
No. 11 -- White Dogwood -- Par-4 -- A forgotten hole on the back nine, it seems. Also the most terrifying hole ever. I would make a 12 for sure.
No. 14 -- Chinese Fir -- Par-4 -- One of the holes that was changed (albeit slightly) for the 2013 Masters.
No. 17 -- Nandine -- Par-4 -- A solid penultimate hole, also site of Jack Nicklaus' most famous putt.
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