Jack Nicklaus birdied the 4th in 1965 when he equaled the course record of 64, eight under par, in the third round, and went on to win the tournament by nine strokes. That day he birdied three of the four par-3s and tied the front-nine record of 31. To display the difference between himself and mere mortals that afternoon, Jack crushed a four-iron into the 4th hole where some others were hitting four-woods, and his shot landed eight feet from the cup.
"I had a feeling it might be a good day after that," said Jack.
NO. 5, 450 YARDS, PAR 4
What Bob Jones had in mind here was a hole very much like the seaside ones in Scotland and England, only his would be among the pines. And he got what he had in mind.
It is a remarkable hole, and everyone really ought to see it sometime—once. The fairway is alive with moguls and the green offers something of a blind approach, a run-up shot similar to those used on the old links. The perfectly played ball is bounced onto the green with, say, a three-iron.
Last year the 5th wound up being tied with the 10th, a downhill par-4, as the toughest hole in the tournament. These two holes were played in 30 over par by the best 26 competitors, one percentage point higher than the evil 12th, that famed par-3 with the shallow green hard by Rae's Creek.
The 5th is made all the more difficult by a green that falls away, encouraging a shot hit too strongly to keep rolling. There is a lower level—almost a deep swale—on the right side, and the first putt can be a horrid experience from there.
Palmer has always said, "If you can get past the 5th under par, you have a right to expect a low score."
NO. 6, 190 YARDS, PAR 3
Perhaps one of the reasons why so many remarkable things have happened at the 6th is that everybody is so delighted to be past the 5th. Nelson began his rally against Hogan in '42 with a birdie at the 6th. This was where Claude Harmon, an unknown club pro playing in his first tournament of the year, wrapped up the 1948 Masters. In the last round he birdied the 6th, then the 7th and eagled the 8th, and it was all over.