GLT's 18 Days of The Masters - Hole 18
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.
Masters highlight: 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.
Masters lowlight: 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.