Augusta National Hole. No. 3 at a glance
Distance: 350 yards
Historic average: 4.08 (14th)
Buzz: An easily overlooked hole, it has the most tightly bunkered fairway on the course. What used to be a standard lay-up has become for some a tempting, drivable par-4 with a risk/reward tee shot past all the fairway sand to an elusive, deflective green. The anecdotal evidence is that laying back off the tee and coming at the hole with wedge in hand yields more birdies than the bolder play with driver. The Sunday pin is cut back left on the narrowest shelf (when measured back-to-front) on the entire layout. It’s always amazing to watch Tour players make five from 40 yards out.