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Hole 15 at Augusta

530 yards, par five

Peter Alliss
By Peter Alliss
BBC TV golf commentator

Hole 15 at Augusta

This is the famous hole where Gene Sarazen holed his second shot in 1935.

They were already handing out the prizes in the clubhouse because he had no chance of winning.

Then, suddenly, he bagged an albatross two and a few more birdies later, the title was his.

The hole immediately became part of Masters folklore.

It has been altered tremendously over the years, including adding an extra 30 yards and a slight change of tee angle for 2007. You drive over a ridge, then the fairway runs downhill with lots of little humps.

If you are lucky, you can scoot off the top of one of them and gain another 40 yards or so. Failing that, you can land in the hollow and your ball stops within two or three steps.

The trees down the left encroach on the fairway, so a long hitter down the left can be blocked out.

There is a pond in front of the green, which is on a severe slope that is cut as smooth as a baby's bottom.

Anything up on the green that is a little bit short, or has too much backspin, will come right back and there's nothing you can do.

There is room at the back of the green but if you go too far you can end up in the pond in front of the 16th tee.

Then chipping back, if you give it a bit too much, you are faced with the problem of skipping past the flag again and maybe ending up in the water at the front of the green.

It is an extraordinarily difficult hole where we have seen many dramas.

2010 rank: 17th hardest (stroke ave. 4.652)

All-time rank (1942-2010): 18th (4.79)

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