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HoleParYards
14435
25575
34350
43205
54435
63180
74410
85570
94460
OUT363,620
104495
114490
123155
135510
144440
155500
163170
174425
184465
IN363,650
Total727,270

Peter Alliss' Course Guide




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On the 18th this year, they’ve moved the tee back some 50 yards and enlarged the bunkers, so I’m not sure where the players will be able to go, unless you are Tiger Woods and you can smash it and hope for the best.

There's a bit of a dogleg left to right with big trees and pine needles under them on the right hand side.

If you miss the bunkers then you're going uphill into the green. The last day flag position is usually front left. Many of you will remember the shot that Sandy Lyle played out of the bunker which went too far, then the ball hesitated for a moment before going back on the slope to within 10 or 11 feet of the hole and he was the champion. But we'll also see the flag back left and back right - there's a shelf that runs through the green.

Here again, it's very easy to come up a club short and have this massive putt up the green. You can go in a bit too strong, or go into the gallery behind the flag and be faced with a very awkward chip back. If you hit it a bit too hard then you'll go scuttling past the hole and you can end up 20 or 30 feet away.

It makes good players look very foolish on occasions, but if you're being honest, and take the weather out of it, the only protection that Augusta has is the speed of the greens and where they place the flags.

If you put the flags in the middle of the green, in what some would say was a sensible position, they would score very, very low indeed. With wide fairways, no rough, few holes with water on, Augusta is only made difficult by the wind, if they get any, the flag positions and the speed of the greens.



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