GLT's 18 Days of the Masters - Hole 17

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Hole No. 17

Par 4 - Nandina

Historical Average: 4.16 (9) Low Year: 3.949 (1996) High Year: 4.348 (1951)

 

The putting surface at this uphill par four offers its share of challenges, as it seems to slope off in all directions. The back-right hole location is particularly demanding. The original 17th green, undefended by bunkers, was designed to accept run-up shots. Now, front bunkers make lofted approaches a safer bet. The Eisenhower Tree – a loblolly pine named after the 34th president because he hit into it so often he requested it be torn down- once stood left of the fairway, 210 yards from the tee. A February 2014 ice storm caused irreparable damage to most of the tree’s major limbs, resulting in its removal.

Hole 17 Augusta National
Hole 17's famed Eisenhower Tree was removed following an ice storm in 2014.

 

Masters highlight: Jack Nicklaus made his final birdie in 1986 with a 12-foot putt that sent him to a 30 on the back nine and a 65, giving him a one-shot win and his sixth Masters. The pose Nicklaus struck when the putt dropped is captured in a bronze statue of him outside his clubhouse at Muirfield Village.

Masters lowlight: Stuart Appleby had a four-shot lead late in the third round of 2007 when he hit his tee shot so far left it went into a bunker on the seventh green. He hit into another bunker on the 17th, and three-putted for a triple bogey.

Sources:

1: masters.com

2: newsday.com - AP

Hole 17 Augusta National