A tour of Augusta National's opening stretch
When someone mentions the Masters or Augusta National most of the images and memories that come to mind will have occurred on the back nine.
Sometimes, the opening holes at Augusta are easily forgotten with all the excitement that happens on the back nine, especially on Sunday.
Here, we take a look at the opening nine at Augusta and some of special moments and meltdowns that have occurred on them.
1st, Tea Olive- Par 4, 445 yards
The meltdown: Last year, Ernie Els had an opening hole to forget. The four-time major champion had what seemed like a routine putt for an opening par but ended up six putting and carding an opening quintuple-bogey.
Did you know? The first used to be known as the Cherokee Rose after the state flower of Georgia.
Best known for: The honorary tee shots by golf’s big trio of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player
2nd, Pink Dogwood- Par 5, 575 yards
The meltdown: In 2006 David Duval found the ditch down the left hand side of the hole causing a two-shot penalty. he walked off the second with a 10 and missed the cut for the fourth year in a row.
Did you know? The elevation change from the tee box to the green is 90 feet.
Best known for: Louis Oosthuizen made an albatross when his 4-iron shot from 253 yards rolled into the cup to give the South African a two-shot lead. He went on to lose in a play-off to Bubba Watson.
3rd, Flowering Peach- Par 4, 350 yards
The meltdown: Jeff Maggert was leading in the final round of the 2003 Masters when unfortunately, his second shot from the bunker at the third hit the lip and then hit him in the chest. This caused a two-shot penalty and Maggert had to settle for a triple-bogey and failed to pick up the green jacket.
Did you know? The third has rarely changed since the opening of Augusta National. The hole still plays the same yardage but has been changed slightly. Since the 1980’s only slight alterations have been made.
Best known for: On his way to his 2011 Masters win Charl Schwartzel holed out from the fairway for eagle in the final round.
4th, Flowering Crabapple- Par 3, 240 yards
The meltdown: In 2012 Phil Mickelson was pushing for his fourth Masters title following a third round 66 (-6). Mickelson hit his ball towards the grandstand to the left of the fourth green and it hit the railing and ricocheted into the bushes. Leftie had to accept a triple bogey and lost all momentum built up on the Saturday.
Did you know? At the 2016 Masters the fourth was the hardest par-3 of the week averaging a score of 3.309.
Best known for: Jeff Sluman is the only player to have hit a hole-in-one at the fourth hole.
5th, Magnolia- Par 4, 455 yards
The meltdown: In 1960 at the 24th Masters, Dow Finsterwald dropped his ball on the putting surface after picking it back out of the hole and hit it off the green. He was handed a two-shot penalty the following day for an illegal practise stroke.
Did you know? Jack Nicklaus became the first player to eagle the same hole in the same tournament at the Masters in 1995. Nicklaus eagled the fifth hole during his first and third rounds during the tournament.
Best known for: For being Augusta’s ‘forgotten hole’ due to the lack of patrons that go to view the par-4 as it is tucked away and the furthest from the clubhouse.
6th, Juniper- Par 3, 180 yards
The meltdown: Jose Maria Olazabal was just one-shot off the lead before he entered the 6th in 1991. The Spaniard hit two chips that rolled back down the hill and another over the back of the green during the second round. He had to settle for a quadruple-bogey and finished just one shot behind eventual winner Ian Woosnam.
Did you know? Another hole that hasn’t had changes for some years. It has’t been changed since the 1970’s.
Best known for: Billy Joe Patton hit a hole-in-one in his quest to become the first amateur to win the Masters in 1954. Unfortunately, Patton was unable to hold on to his lead and failed to qualify for the play-off with Sam Snead and Ben Hogan.
7th, Pampas- Par 4, 450 yards
The meltdown: Charles Coody had just recorded a hole-in-one at the 1972 Masters. He then hit his tee-shot right and eventually hooked his second shot into the green side bunker, where it took him four shots to get out of. Coody recorded a seven on his card.
Did you know? The tee box was changed in 2003 in order to lengthen the hole but just two years ago the tee box itself was lengthened again so the hole has the option to play shorter.
Best known for: The hole had to be lengthened after the 1937 Masters due to Byron Nelson hitting the green with his tee shot. The hole measured 320 yards back then.
8th, Yellow Jasmine- Par 5, 570 yards
The meltdown: Even Jack Nicklaus didn’t go round Augusta National all those times without being knocked back. The six-time winner carded a triple-bogey on the eighth in 1970 when he hooked his ball into the woods on the left and was unable to find it. Despite this, Nicklaus still went on to finish inside the top ten.
Did you know? Bruce Devlin became only the second person to record a two on the Augusta par-5’s. Devlin hit his 4-wood roughly 250 yards but was unable to see the flag as his ball landed on the front of the green and ran into the hole.
Best known for: The 1986 Masters was remembered mainly for Jack Nicklaus winning at the age of 46. Some people may have forgotten that Seve Ballasteros and Tom Kite both eagled the eighth while playing in the same group during the final round. Kite holed out his pitch shot only for the Spaniard to match him. Kite would go on to miss a putt on the 18th that would have forced a pay-off with Nicklaus.
9th, Carolina Cherry- Par 4, 460 yards
The meltdown: In 1996 Greg Norman was searching for his first green jacket and went flag hunting on the par-4 ninth. His shot spun back off the green, down the hill and back into the fairway. It would be the start of Norman’s collapse which saw Nick Faldo win his third green jacket.
Did you know? On route to his 1986 win, Jack Nicklaus stood over a 12 foot putt for birdie at the ninth. Hearing the noise from the eighth as Kite and Ballesteros holed there pitch shots. Nicklaus turned to the crowd and insisted they were about to make some noise of their own and he turned round and holed his putt.
Best known for: Tiger’s low to rising hook shot under the trees during the first round of the 2010 tournament that set up a birdie for the former world number one.