We convened a panel of SI golf experts—senior writers Michael Bamberger, Damon Hack, Alan Shipnuck and Gary Van Sickle—and a PGA Tour pro (who participated on the condition of anonymity) to answer those and other questions
Over- and Underrated
Van Sickle: What are the most overrated and underrated holes at Augusta National?
Bamberger: The 11th is overrated. It was once a truly great, dynamic hole. It has been ruined by those clowns, if I may use that word, who put in all those trees and made it way too long. They've made it a survival hole instead of a strategic hole.
Anonymous Pro: I agree, the 11th is ridiculous. How many 505-yard par-4s do we play where you don't even try to hit the green? Before, guys would take a risk and go for the green with a five- or a six-iron, but now more shots end up near the 12th tee than on the 11th green. They've overdone it.
Van Sickle: I'd throw out 3 as underrated. Jack Nicklaus usually laid up off the tee with an iron. Tiger tried to drive the green once, but hit into the woods and made a double. That green is nasty, and there are a surprising number of big scores there for a short [350 yards], supposedly easy par-4.
Garrity: You could argue the whole front nine is underrated because it wasn't televised all those years.
Shipnuck: The hole I hate is 17. It's such a nothing hole, especially after all the dramatics of 12, 13, 15 and 16. It's an awkward, bad hole.
Hack: To me, the 13th is still underrated. I love it. It's simply a great, exciting par-5 where anything can happen. On the back nine the 13th is where the action is.
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