Augusta National No. 1 at a glance
Distance: 445 yards
Historic average: 4.24 (sixth hardest)
The hole used to be fairly friendly, but with added length – the last extra yardage came in 2006 – this now regularly ranks among the hardest holes. Players used to be able to carry a massive bunker on the right. Added length now requires a blast of 317 yards to clear the sand, and with the bunker’s deep belly from which reaching the green is impossible, the prudent play is to drive the ball left – frequently way left into the trees. Shorter hitters can’t even make it to the top of the fairway upslope, leaving middle and even long irons into the green, while big hitters can catch a downslope and have a short iron in. There’s no more revealing example of how length is a tremendous advantage on this course.