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Hole 18 at Augusta

465 yards, par four

Peter Alliss
By Peter Alliss
BBC TV golf commentator

Hole 18 at Augusta

This was another of the holes they lengthened in 2002. The tee was moved back some 50 yards and the bunkers were enlarged.

There is 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 are 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 - but the ball hesitated before going back on the slope to end up 10 or 11 feet from the hole. He made the putt and became the champion.

But we will also see the flag back left and back right - there is a shelf that runs through the green.

Here again, it is very easy to come up a club short and have a massive putt up the green. You can also go in a bit too strong, or go into the gallery behind the flag and be faced with a very awkward chip back.

It makes good players look very foolish on occasions.

But if you are being honest, Augusta has wide fairways, no rough and few holes with water on.

It is only made difficult by the wind, if they get any, the flag positions and the speed of the greens.

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.

2010 rank: 5th hardest (stroke ave. 4.223)

All-time rank (1942-2010): tied 6th (4.23)

Back nine stroke ave. (all-time): 37.23 (par 36)



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