A guide to the thirteenth hole at Augusta National, including tips from two-time Masters champion and 35-time Masters competitor Bernhard Langer
Bernhard Langer Augusta National Course Guide: Hole 13
Augusta National Hole 13
The 13th marks the start of the most scoreable stretch at Augusta National, and a number of victories can be attributed to low scoring from holes 13-17.
This is another tee shot that requires a right-to-left ball flight, with many players choosing to hit 3-wood to impart more spin on the ball.
Every player will be able to reach in two, although an uneven stance for the second, the Rae’s Creek-fronted putting surface and bunkers behind the green certainly give players something to think about. That said, you’ll see more eagles here than double-bogeys.
Langer: “I love this hole, classic ‘risk and reward’. The tee shot needs to hook around and hug the left of the fairway by the creek because that shortens the second shot and gives you a flatter lie. Even then the second shot is played above your feet.”
Best ever score: 2
Worst ever score: 13
Memorable moment: Phil Mickelson pulled off one of the most audacious shots Augusta National has ever seen on the 13th in 2010. With his ball resting on the pine straw between two formidable trees, the American launched an outstanding shot to within just four feet of the flag.
Maybe it was the occasion, but for Mickelson, already regarded as an aggressive ball-striker, to send the ball clear of the trees and Rae’s Creek was extraordinary. Many might contemplate the shot Mickelson hit, but only a select few have the innate champion’s touch to make it. It was no surprise, then, that he saw the job through to claim his third Masters title.
Worst moment: It’s a slim consolation to Tom Weiskopf, but he’s not the only player to have made a 13 at the Masters.
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