It is another downhill hole, which should help a little with the drive. Ideally, the tee shot should be a draw that winds up in the left center of the fairway. That side is the flattest, the one most likely to produce a good lie.
The only thing that's been done in adding 25 yards to the hole is that the tee ball should be where it was when the course was designed.
Now comes the second shot and the pond on the left side of the green. Ben Hogan said that if you ever saw him hit this green, you knew he had missed the shot. The water is that dangerous. To him, it was far preferable to be chipping at the pin than to flirt with the water. At any rate, it should be played a little defensively.
Golfers will generally hit a 5- or 6-iron for their second shot. On occasion, the ball actually finishes close to the pin. Jack Burke, Jr., was one such participant. His ball rolled up to within three feet, and playing partner Ben Hogan eyed him for a moment. 'You either missed that shot, or you're a damned fool,' said Hogan.
This is known as the hole where the playoffs have ended. Four of the five have culminated here, highlighted by Larry Mize in 1987.
He put in a 140-foot chip shot against Greg Norman then. He had just missed a tee shot, hitting it in the heel, then came off a 5-iron and dumped it out in the meadow to the right of the green.
Norman, meanwhile, had put his approach 25 feet from the flag. But Mize chipped his ball just short of the green and it hopped and skipped its way to the cup. Norman missed his putt and Mize was the victor.
Nick Faldo twice won green jackets here. He sank a 30-foot putt against Scott Hoch in 1989 and Ray Floyd hit his second shot, a 7-iron, in the water against him in 1990.
Fuzzy Zoeller, playing in his first Masters, struck an 8-iron to eight feet and then made the putt in 1979 against Tom Watson and Ed Sneed.