In 1936,Byron Nelson sank a 50-foot Eagle chip in his first Master's title. It's one of our favorite holes. One of the most famous par-5's in all major championship golf, Augusta National's #13 known as Azalea, is often viewed as the best designed hole in allgolf. History has it that Bobby Jones "Saw" this hole the first time he looked at the Fruitland Nurseries property that would become Augusta National.The 13this the culmination of the most remarkablethree-hole stretch, aptly deemed "Amen Corner,"as its holes have been the demise of Masters dreams for decades.
Now one of the more reachable par-5s in the Majors, the hole sets up perfectly for a soft draw but offers severe penalties for hitting a fade or a hook.A hook and you're in the water while a fade puts you in the trees or gives you a toughsidehilllie.Hit your first shot to the middleof the fairway. Then, it's decision time. Do you lay up, giving yourself a chance at birdie with your third, or do you risk it allby trying to put Rea's (pronounced Ray's) Creek out of your mind and go for the green off of a sidehilllie? Don't take the decision lightly. Eagle is possible, birdie probable, but doublebogieis a real possibility. The bunkers surrounding this hole are unforgiving,and the two-tiered green will deflect any shot not hit to the right place.
It could be the most difficultrisk-reward par fiveson the planet.
It could be the most difficultrisk-reward par fiveson the planet. Many who have come here and won did so by successfully navigating this hole. But for every one of those stories, countless others have seen their Masters dreams dashed, having taken on Azalea and failed.