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Posted: April 4, 2012
The back nine at Augusta National features two of the most famous, picturesque and challenging par 3's in golf: Nos. 12 ("Golden Bell," 155 yards) and 16 ("Redbud," 170 yards).
Fun fact: There are also two par 3s on the front that demand just as much attention from the players.
No. 4, "Flowering Crab Apple" is a 240-yard par-3 with a green that slopes back to front and is guarded by two large bunkers. It is the fourth most difficult hole in Masters history, having played to a 3.29 stroke average. (No. 12 has played to a 3.3.)
Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker ranked No. 4 and No. 11 as Augusta's two toughest holes this week in a USA Today article. "That par-3 is brutal," he said.
No. 6, "Juniper" is a downhill par-3 with a large, undulating green that offers a variety of treacherous pin positions. It has played to a 3.14 stroke average.
"You can hit it in close one day and have a 50-footer the next," says Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson.
Team Titleist spoke with several players in this week's Masters field about the two holes – and why making par on either hole never hurts.
Take a look in the above video.