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"Seven years ago it was probably the easiest driving hole. Now it's the hardest. There was a time when you could land an airplane across that fairway because you could hit it as far up the right side as you wanted to get an angle to the green. Now, the tee ball forces you more left [because of the new trees along the right], and obviously the hole is a lot longer than it used to be. So now you know when you step on the tee that you have to hit a good drive to have any type of decent second shot. It's such an important hole. It starts Amen Corner. Before, you could play a draw or a fade. Now it almost asks for a little bit of a fade.
We all remember when Tiger used to drive it down the far right side. Well, you really can't play the hole that way anymore because of the trees. And it's always driver."
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This tee shot used to be one of the easiest on the course, but the addition of trees along the right side has made it one of the toughest.
Do You Have the Nerve?
Par-5, 510 yards
By Brandt Snedeker
"I'd say 13 is one of the most underrated tee shots on the course. Even though it looks like a relatively easy shot, guys end up hitting it in a lot of really bad places. If you hang it out to the right, you know you're not going to get there in two. Your effective fairway is very small. Most guys are trying to shape a big draw, and when you start manipulating your normal shot you're not as confident with it, and a lot of guys end up pulling it into the trees or hooking it into the water. Everybody's been there once. [A bad score at 13] can kill your round; it can kill your tournament. That's why it's such a big tee shot. You almost put more pressure on it than normal because you realize that if you hit a good tee shot you can make an eagle. But if you make a bad one you can lose two or three shots to the field.