In the 65 years since the Masters Tournament was first televised, golf fans have seen every inch of Augusta National’s beauty in high-def close-up. What you’ve never seen is the course — hole by hole, tee box by tee box — through the eyes of 18 living Masters champions, from Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Dustin Johnson, Ben Crenshaw and beyond. Until now. Eighteen holes, 18 winners, 18 ways of seeing Augusta National anew.
Hole No. 10: Par-4 / 495 yards (Camellia)
By Mike Weir (2003 Masters champion)
What you see off the tee: “As a lefty, in general, I’m trying to hit a right-to-left fade at Augusta, and No. 10 is the most prevalent one, along with No. 13.”
What you don’t know until you’ve played it: “How much the elevation changes from the tee box down to the green. How much slope the fairway has. How difficult a second shot is for a player to hit from a downslope to a green that’s slightly elevated. And how slope-y the green is too.”
Where you will gain the greatest advantage: “The advantage is being long enough to get down to the flat area and have a 7-iron in, instead of a 4-iron off the slope. I’m generally not long enough to get there unless the wind is blowing.”
Where you will make the biggest mistake: “Short-siding yourself in the right bunker when the pin is to the right.”
Who played it best: “I won’t name names because I don’t know the stats, but higher-ball hitters definitely have an advantage, because you can have more control with your second shot.”
Why it’s unforgettable to me: “When you reach that 10th tee, you’re anticipating Amen Corner. It’s the signal that you’re heading to the back nine at Augusta National. On Sunday especially, it really gets the adrenaline going.”
Did you know… When Bob Jones teed off at No. 10, March 22, 1934, he had an impressively large gallery of 1,000 people.