Tuesday, April 8

Armchair Golf at the Masters: Amen Corner

As you can see from the below photos, it was overcast at Augusta National on my Monday at the Masters. It was also quite cool until the sun broke through the thick cloud cover in the early afternoon.

John Coyne and I made a couple of loops through Amen Corner, the three-hole stretch of 11, 12 and 13 named by legendary golf journalist Herbert Warren Wind in a 1958 Sports Illustrated piece.

Always a difficult hole, the par-4 11th today measures an intimidating 505 yards.

No. 12 fronted by Rae's Creek is arguably the most-famous par-3 in the world.

The relatively short par-5 13th hole tempts many players to go for the green in two shots. It's a good thing it was a practice day, because Michael Campbell (on green) splashed down short of the green with two fairway metals shots.

Azaleas are in abundance along the 13th hole.

I'll have more on my day at the Masters. If you would like to read additional thoughts about my visit, you can also head over to Down the Middle for One Patron’s Guide.

−The Armchair Golfer


Chris "Saturday Golfer" Taylor said...

I love the pictures, it looks like you are enjoying your time thus far.

I read where the course is pretty wet right now, can you attest to that?

The Armchair Golfer said...

The course was playing long on Monday, with cool temps and moisture (but no rain).

Anonymous said...

Was there in the late 50's. No rough then. What's your take on the rough now -- tough or for show?

Nice pictures!


The Armchair Golfer said...

What constitutes "rough," or the "first cut," at the Masters would be lush, near-perfect fairways at your average muni or semi-private course. One thing it can tend to do -- and this is something I read that Tiger said -- is to keep errant tee shots from reaching the trees and pine needles, definitely an advantage for some.

X said...

Wish I could have been there this year. Great pics.