In the 1957 tournament Doug Ford avoided all these putting difficulties by holing a full blast from the bunker in front of the green to help give him his final winning margin of three strokes.
In over-all design the Augusta National is not intended to be a punishing golf course. It is, however, a course which under tournament conditions—that is, with the green surfaces firm, and keen—severely tests the competing player's temperament. The difficult greens demand exceptionally fierce and unremitting concentration and determination. When weather conditions are such that the golf course is wet and the wind quiet, it is much easier to play. We always hope it will not be that way during the first week in April.