Hole 18 at The Masters, Holly
Hole No. 18.
Par 4 - Holly
Historical Average: 4.23 (7) Low Year: 4.014 (2001) High Year: 4.461 (1954)
One of the most famous finishing holes in golf, this uphill dogleg right is protected by two bunkers at the left elbow of the fairway. A drive hit down the center will often require a middle iron for a second shot to a deep, narrow green guarded by one bunker short-left and another hard right. Even in its original form, the 18th green had two distinct tiers. The surrounds have been contoured to improve sight lines for spectators.
Sandy Lyle was tied for the lead with Mark Calcavecchia when he hit 1-iron in the first of two bunkers down the left side of the fairway. Not thinking he could get on the green, Lyle hit 7-iron over the tall lip and behind the flag, and it rolled back to 10 feet. He holed the putt for birdie to win in 1988.
Arnold Palmer walked up the 18th fairway accepting congratulations for another victory, then hit into the bunker and wound up with a double bogey to finish one shot behind Gary Player in 1961.₂
GLT Golf’s Shots to Master:
Arick wraps up our countdown by providing tips on how to deal with adversity and a fairway bunker shot practice drill, using Sandy Lyle’s 1988 bunker shot as inspiration.