Back in April, Masters chairman Fred Ridley said National Golf Club Augusta had “no schedule” for a potential Azalea extension, its famous par-5 13.th hole.
“That’s something we’ve certainly considered and will continue to consider,” Ridley said, before adding, “We’ll probably do it at some point. We just have nothing to say about it right now.”
Less than eight months later, the changes appear to be complete.
An aerial photograph taken by Eureka Earth in June showed that the work had been going on for 13 years.th hole, including up to the tee. An updated photo posted on Tuesday morning clearly showed the perfectly groomed new T-shirt.
According to the official Masters website, the risk-reward hole, which measured just 510 yards for this past Masters, has historically been the easiest hole on the venerable layout, averaging 4.77 yards. It was most profitable in 2019, playing more than half a shot under par.
“The fact that players are hitting this hole with medium and short irons is not really how it was intended,” Ridley said in April.
While the updated footage is unknown, it’s fair to assume that the new tee box will give riders more hands-on experience.
This should only add to the excitement about the hole that has already produced several iconic moments in Masters history.