Eleventh no heaven at Augusta National


AUGUSTA, Ga. – It’s called White Dogwood, but to the field at this year’s Masters the 11th hole is simply demanding.

The 505-yard par 4, which was lengthened by 35 yards in 2002 and 15 yards four years later, is playing the toughest this week with a 4.415 stroke average. In fact there have only been six birdies there all week compared to 10 double bogeys or worse.

“It’s a par 5 length then it’s probably a par 5 green,” said David Toms, who hit driver 4-iron into the 11th on Friday. “It’s a tight hole, you just can’t beat it off the tee. It’s like making four birdies if you make four pars. It’s a great hole.”

Toms is halfway home to his goal this week following back-to-back pars at No. 11.