Actually, a fade isn't a must on this newly lengthened hole. But the longest hitters will try to bend it to fit the curvature of the hole. The large double bunker sits approximately 305 yards out from the tee. The shortest hitters might play an iron off the tee, which would leave them an uphill shot of approximately 200 yards. But for the large majority of golfers, a fade is the shot on this uphill tee shot.
The drive has gotten more difficult throughout the years as the trees send their leafy branches further and further into the hitting area, and now it is strictly out of the mouth of a narrow chute. From the bunker, the second shot is again uphill, anywhere from 200 to perhaps 140 yards to the flag.
There is as much as a club- to a club-and-a-half difference depending on where the pin is set. The back of the hole is the most difficult location. The green has three distinct plateaus, with the easier ones being down below.
Woosnam won in 1991 by firing over the huge bunker before the tee shot was lengthened, but the tee was set up 15 yards on the shorter hole that day. Several tournaments have been won or lost here, including 1998 when Mark O'Meara sank a courageous 20-foot putt for the victory.
In 1960, Arnold Palmer birdied this hole with a brilliant 6-iron to two feet to defeat Ken Venturi. But one year later, in '61, he stood in the middle of the fairway with a 6-iron, needing only a par to win. He wound in a bunker, then caught the ball with too much club and sent it off the green. By the time he finally got on the green and putted twice from 15 feet, a stunned Gary Player was the winner.
One of the more famous shots in Masters history occurred in 1988 when Sandy Lyle hit a 7-iron out of the bunker that trickled back down to 10 feet of the pin. He made the putt and won the green jacket.