No 8 - Yellow Jasmine - Par 5 570 Yards


No hole at Augusta has undergone more changes than No. 8. Since 1955, the green has been moved and rebuilt three times. And since '55, the tee has been moved back 40 yards. Byron Nelson finally suggested in 1979 that the green be restored to its original punch-bowl configuration and showed the club how to do it.
This hole is the most difficult par-5 to hit the green in two shots on the course. The longest hitters can do it by aiming over the lone fairway bunker on the right. Left of the green is a den of trouble composed of large mounds and briar patches.
The additional 20 yards which was included in the last renovation is substantial because of the angle off the tee it now presents. Players must negotiate the bunker from a vantage point more to the right. The second shot, if you are trying for the green, is blind to a small, narrow surface surrounded by huge mounds.
Bernhard Langer is one who considers it a three-shot hole. 'The third shot is very tricky because the green is so narrow in places, and so full of undulations,' he said. 'I think the key is placing your second shot so you have a good line of approach and can give yourself a chance.'
The toughest putt is in the back right corner.
The standard for all players to follow came during the 1967 tournament when Bruce Devlin followed a 290-yard drive by holing out a 4-wood for double eagle. He played the hole in 6-under-par that week, but still finished 10th.
The turning point in the playoff between Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan in 1942 was when Nelson hit a wood to within six feet. He made the eagle and won the playoff by one stroke.