AUGUSTA, Ga. – Three days of steady wind led to the toughest Masters in nearly a decade.
Augusta National played to a cumulative scoring average of 74.4. That’s the highest since 2007, when Zach Johnson won a cold, windy Masters at 1 over par and the scoring average for the week was 75.89.
The toughest hole last week was, no surprise, the 505-yard, par-4 11th, which surrendered only nine birdies during the tournament. The next-hardest was the opening hole (4.4 average), which for the better part of four days played into a stiff breeze.
Even with an unusual wind direction for three days, the four par 5s played as the easiest holes on the course, in this order: the second (4.6), the 13th (4.7), the eighth (4.8) and the 15th (4.9).
Overall, there were 22 eagles – including three holes-in-one Sunday, at the 16th hole.
With lighter winds and more accessible hole locations, the final round played significantly easier than the first three. The Sunday scoring average was 72.7 – nearly a stroke and half lower than the opening round. During Saturday’s third round, when the wind gusted to 30 mph, the scoring average was 75.7.
Still, no player Sunday made a birdie on the par-3 fourth hole, there was only one on No. 11, and just two on the 17th.
There were three “others” on the watery par-3 12th, a group that includes Jordan Spieth, whose Masters bid ended with a quadruple-bogey 7.