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Augusta, new departure at the Amen Corner

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This will be the attraction of the next Masters. The departure of 13, one of the holes of the mythical Amen Corner, the famous sequence 11, 12, 13, had been under construction for several months. But for the past few days, the new departure area, set back thanks to the purchase of a plot of land adjacent to the property, is now operational.

Augusta, course

With its 466 meters, this par 5 has been struggling to defend itself for a few years against the new generation of players who drive quite regularly over 300 meters. Some even no longer hesitated to cut over the trees on the left, above Rae’s Creek, and very often they only had a small club left to reach the green in two.

Even players less renowned for their power from the tee managed to reach the green with an iron quite comfortably and the committee of the first Major of the season had decided to lengthen the famous left dogleg. It was the twitter account of Eureka Earth, an aerial imagery service based in Georgia, which published the first photos of the new grassy area.

On the two shots, we can clearly distinguish the difference “before / after”. According to the first information, the hole now measures 545 yards, or nearly 499 meters, and given the configuration, in particular the narrowness of the playing corridor, it is now impossible to cut above the trees on the left (at right in the photo above).

In 2002, the hole had already been lengthened by about 25 meters to resist the overpowering of the Tiger Woods of the 2000s. It was the American architect Tom Fazio who had been commissioned to make the course “Tiger-Proof”.

Before the 2022 edition last April, the 11 (par 4) and the 15 (par 5) were also lengthened. Augusta National Golf Club, located in the city of Augusta, Georgia, is one of the most famous golf clubs in the world. Founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts on the grounds of an old orchard, the course was designed by Jones and Alister MacKenzie and opened in January 1933.

From the following year it became the home of one of the four majors, the Masters Tournament. Each hole of the Augusta National Golf Club has been given the name of the plant or flower that characterizes it.

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