GLT's 18 Days of the Masters - Hole 17
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.₁
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.₂
2: newsday.com - AP