Already a tough nut to crack for par or below, the par-4 fifth hole at Augusta National Golf Club will be even tougher at this year’s Masters.
Beginning at the annual April tourney, golfers will head to a new tee at the par-4 fifth hole that extends the length of “Magnolia” by an additional 40 yards.
Now listed at 495 yards, the hole was already the fifth-most difficult hole in tournament history and has a 4.26 scoring average over the years. That average is bound to go up as players will now need to hit their tee shot 313 yards if they so choose to attempt hitting over the hole’s bunkers.
“Five is pretty brutal,” said two-time PGA Tour winner Kevin Kisner told Golfweek. “I hit driver, 3-iron into the wind. I hit 8-iron into the green in the last round last year. It’s a total par hole now.”
Eddie Pepperell, who will be playing his first Masters this year, doesn’t have high hopes for his chances on No. 5.
This is a real shame cause I was expecting the 5th hole to be a safe bogey. https://t.co/QfdDo8QSzA
— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) January 30, 2019
Though there were rumors Augusta National would be lengthening the 13th hole after purchasing land from neighboring Augusta Country Club in 2017, that has not happened. At least not yet.
To see what happens with the extended fifth hole, tune in to The Masters from April 11-14.