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GolfWRX Members Choice: Favorite hole at Augusta National

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Augusta National Golf Club has 18 pretty darn good holes in most golf fans’ minds, but we wanted to see which holes GolfWRX members liked the best.

Unfortunately, holes six, nine, and 17 are nobody’s favorites. Our poll found the remaining 15 holes, however, have varying numbers of fans (or perhaps, patrons). The three most-favorited holes total more than 80 percent of the vote.

Here are the full results, with some of the best voting rationales selected below.

PCS11 likes the winner (with 44.9 percent of the vote): the par-5 13th

“#13. A few reasons: The tee shot is interesting with danger on both sides. Plus I love watching them shape the ball to avoid the trees on the right. The second shot has potential to be highly entertaining/disastrous. The view is heaven on earth.”

ElWhippy votes for No. 5

“The Fifth. One of the toughest drives and a green designed by Satan himself.’

Wolfpack votes for 11

“11, it’s the entrance to the corner, and probably the hardest second shot on the course. You don’t see pro’s missing the green on purpose very often on tour.”

Lemonade likes No. 15…a lot.

“If I had a third child or a new boat, I would name it Firethorn. While I can see why 13 gets a share of the vote, there have been as many calamities and drama on 15 including the infamous Ballesteros fat 4 iron in 1986 and Jack’s eagle with the first “yes sir” of the day, The tree on the left has come more into play over the years as the guys get longer, but is there anything more terrifying than staring down the 2nd shot to the green with a screaming 2 or 3 iron (4 iron these days), water in front, gallery to left, big bunker and concessions to the right and what everyone forgets is that if you miss the green to the back, the grass is shaved down and balls will roll into 16 pond. Now, interesting my first visit there in 2012 I was shocked to find the green a lot wider front to back than television indicates, on TV it looks crazy narrow (the reverse of 18 which looks huge on TV but is super tiny in person) so perhaps it is more receptive than I thought.”

Hjosh7 says

“I voted for #12. It’s what I think of when I think of the Masters, even if I am a Spieth fan.”

Ago33 votes for No. 16

“16 because of how the green slopes and if you know where to play it, hit a good shot, its a tap in birdie hole. And because of Tiger’s chip in.”

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  1. MCoz

    Apr 3, 2018 at 8:53 am

    While 13 is one of the greatest holes in golf qnd my favorite, in 6 rounds there I have never birdied it. That includes a 3 putt par. Standing on that tee and looking at the stand of trees in front of you is incredible.
    #15 was never a favorite prior to playing it, perhaps it should be as I am 6 under on that with 1 eagle, one par and 4 birds. Most underrated hole is #3. Doubled it twice. All of tge short holes are among the best in golf. I am headed there right now, arriving tonight.

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Pat Perez: The R&A “do it right, not like the USGA”

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Pat Perez opened The Open, as it were, with a 2-under 69, and at the time of this writing, he’s 4 under for the second round and tied for the lead.

Clearly, there’s something Double P likes about links golf. And when he was asked whether he was surprised by how receptive the greens at Carnoustie were after his opening round, Perez shook his head with conviction and said.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA…They’ve got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you’ve got the greens receptive. They’re not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn’t. The course is just set up perfect.”

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

Pat Perez has no problem speaking his mind. While it has gotten him in trouble in the past, you have to respect his candor. The interesting question, as I asked in the Morning 9, is how many Tour pros agree him?

Sure, it’s unlikely any of Perez’s compatriots will join him publicly in his “R&A does it right, USGA does it wrong” stance, but it’d be very interesting to know what percentage are of the same mind.

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon

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Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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Jean van de Velde’s 1999 British Open collapse is still tough to watch in LEGO form

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Gather ‘round, golf fans, for the saddest British Open story ever told–in LEGOs.

Maestro of the plastic medium, Jared Jacobs, worked his singular magic on Jean van de Velde’s notorious final-hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999.

The interlocking plastic brick cinema begins after van de Velde’s approach shot has caromed off a grandstand railing to land on the opposite side of the Barry Burn.

 

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