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Photos suggest big changes could be coming to Augusta’s iconic 13th hole

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New images of the famous 13th hole at Augusta National have been released from Eureka Earth, and it appears that the par-5 may finally be lengthened.

The iconic hole is a dogleg left that marks the end of Amen Corner at Augusta National. The bigger hitters in golf like Bryson DeChambeau have started to cut the corner on the left and leave themselves with a short iron into the green.

 

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This past season, the par-4 11th was lengthened to 520 yards, making it longer than the par-5 13th. It seems reasonable that distance would be added to the 13th as well.

“The fact that players are hitting middle to short irons into that hole is not really how it was designed,” Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said at this year’s tournament.

 

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The 13th, named “Azalea” measures 510 yards and the new “tee” looks like it could be some 30 yards back. If the work is indeed a new teeing area, it would mean the hole measures somewhere between 530-550 yards. Crucially, it would ensure that players can’t cut the corner of the hole and therefore would see Azalea go back to being played as it was designed to be played.

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  1. Thomas Woodward

    Jun 22, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    After this at Augusta, the ONLY choice they have is to make their fields play with a dialed back ball, AND when THAT happens, a dialed back ball will be a STANDARD for the men’s professional game….

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Sungjae Im doing ‘Gangnam Style’ at Presidents Cup after-party is the must see video of the year

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If any golfer in the world deserves to let their hair down once in a while, then it’s Sungjae Im.

The 24-year-old was the joint top scoring International player at the Presidents Cup, after a season in which he competed in a whopping 26 events on the PGA Tour.

After a gruelling season and after a stellar performance at Quail Hollow, the South Korean was ready to party, and he did so in the most epic of ways.

In a video posted by Tony Finau, Im led the way at the Presidents Cup party going ‘Gangnam Style’ – debuted by his fellow countryman Psy back in 2012 – and as you can see, it lit up the room with both U.S. and International players cheering him on.

 

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The after-party sure looked like a wild time, as not only did Im show another side to him, but we also got to see Hideki Matsuyama’s caddie, Shota, have every U.S. player sign their names on his body.

No doubt some heads were sore on Monday morning, but by the looks of things it was probably worth it.

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Tour pro hit with 4-stroke penalty at Monday-qualifier after committing frustrating error

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During Monday’s qualifier for the Sanderson Farms Championship, former PGA TOUR winner Wesley Bryan was issued a rare penalty.

Carrying 15 clubs is against the rules, and Bryan realized he had one too many when he picked up a 7-iron that wasn’t the one he’d been using.

Bryan didn’t take the penalty too harshly, and even laughed it off after he came to the realization.

“That’s the wrong 7-iron – you can go and add four to my score boys!” Bryan said to his playing partners in Mississippi.

“Yeah we definitely have too many. We have two 7-irons in there – you handed that to me I was like ‘wait a second’ – Can you imagine if we were like 4 or 5-under at this point?”

Bryan was not in contention when he was assessed the four-shot penalty, which I’m sure led to his laid back reaction.

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Ian Poulter takes swipe at Justin Thomas over short putt complaints at Presidents Cup

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Over the weekend, Justin Thomas was involved in a dramatic Sunday singles battle with Si-Woo Kim, with the Korean eventually prevailing on the final hole of the day.

During that match, Thomas expressed his frustration at Kim not giving him a 3-foot putt on the ninth hole, with Thomas motioning that the putt may have been in ‘gimme’ range

Some found JT’s complaints hypocritical after a video had previously shown the 29-year-old shut down Jordan Spieth, who appeared to suggest giving Adam Scott a short putt earlier in the week.

Ian Poulter, known for his pedigree in match play singles, weighed in with his view on JT’s complaints, and unsurprisingly the Englishman had no sympathy for the two-time major champ, saying:

Poulter’s view appears to be the popular take on the matter, with plenty of golf fans frustrated with Thomas, who also admitted he had been ‘p*****d off’ with Si-Woo Kim for deciding to shush the crowd during their tense encounter on Sunday.

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