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Posted: April 7, 2011
Of all the azaleas at Augusta National Golf Club, there's only one that produces gigantic roars (and groans) from the Masters patrons – the risk-reward 510-yard par-5 13th hole that is named "Azalea" and features over 1,600 of the course's signature plants.
It's a hard dogleg left that calls for a player to work his drive around the corner in order for a chance to go for the green in two. The second shot is almost always from an awkward lie above your feet and the slightly-elevated putting surface is guarded by a tributary to Rae's Creek as well as four back bunkers, which have been known to plant (Azalea) seeds of doubt in many players' minds.Said Augusta National co-founder Bobby Jones (according to Augusta.com): "Whatever position may be reached with the tee shot, the second shot as well entails a momentous decision whether or not to try for the green.
"Several tournaments have been won or lost here, even though the decision may not have been obvious at the time."Check out the video above for Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy's in-depth breakdown of No. 13. (Mobile users click here.)Lay up or go for it? What would you do?
According to the stats for Azalea, it's playing under par. If you go for it and hit it great, obviously, a great chance to Eagle, even better to Birdie. BUT...laying up may also be a great option because as long as you hit 3 beautiful shots, you still have a chance for Birdie, even a Par. It all depends on what kind of golfer you are and where you're at in the tournament.
wrote on April 10, 2011