LEE WESTWOOD’S GUIDE TO THE FOUR KEY HOLES AT AUGUSTA
450 yds 505 yds
450 YARDS PAR FOUR
505 YARDS PAR FOUR
155 YARDS PAR THREE
440 YARDS PAR FOUR
It's such a difficult fairway to hit. Fifteen years ago there was a safe way to play this hole. Hit a three iron off the tee and then a wedge. But they’ve lengthened it so much you just have to hit a driver. I've seen players hit a three wood off the tee and go in with a five iron. Well, that green isn’t built to take a five iron. You have to have a lofted club. I hit driver and wedge in practice. Let’s hope I can do that in competition.
It’s a long hole now. It plays 505 yards, particularly when it’s playing so long out there. I’ve been driver, four iron to get up. It’s a tough approach as you’re always thinking about the water on the left of the green. It only takes a slight pull to be wet. The tee was moved back 10-15 yards, there’s been trees added down the right and the fairway’s been shifted left. It’s a take-the-parand-run sort of hole.
When you see your ball land safely on the green you’re relieved. It’s one of those shots when you are watching the ball flying and you aren’t sure whether it is the right club, because the air swirls. It’s funny, if the wind’s against it can be as much as a seven iron, but I’ve also hit wedge. You used to aim for the trap in front of the green, but that’s a killer now. You have to play it in two parts. The right half of the green and the left.
It’s a tough drive that you just have to sling up there. If you get it on the fairway it’s a birdie chance. It’s one of those severe greens that if you miss in the wrong spot you’re completely knackered. I hit an approach shot in practice that I thought would leave a nice enough chip as it was short of the green. But when I got there it was screwed. You’re talking three yards difference between it being fine and impossible.