No 13 - Azalea - Par 5 510 Yards


One of the most discussed par-5s in history is also the shortest in major championship annals, despite the recent lengthening. No. 13 has so often been birdied, but just as often, a player has gone in the water and made bogey.
The main effect of the added length is that it will cause a lot of players to give thought to hitting a driver. Some will still hit 3-wood. There is a small level area out from the tee on the left side where an ideal tee shot will wind up. Generally a 3-wood is used off the tee because it is easier to draw, but a driver will be used when the wind is blowing down the shot.
The target is a little area of flat land from which the second shot is hit. A ball which hangs up to the right is in three-whack territory immediately. But a ball which has been struck properly will yield a second shot, normally a 3- or 4-iron, which will find the green.
Of course, that is not as easy task considering the slickness of the green and the four gaping bunkers in back. To reach the left half of the green where you want to go, you absolutely have to select the right club.
Stories abound about this hole, but a famous one is the day Tommy Nakajima made a 13. He was in the water twice, took two shots for hitting his foot with his ball, and two more for grounding his club in a hazard. Add then all up and they come to famous number - 13 at No. 13.
Curtis Strange was leading the 1985 Masters by two shots when he came to this hole. He dunked it in the water, then lost it in the water also at 15 and lost the tournament.