‘On a par 5, it’s al­ways about the 3rd shot’

Golf Australia - - AUSTRALIA’S NO. 1 GOLF MAGAZINE -

The 530-yard par-5 15th hole at Au­gusta Na­tional is one where the big­ger hit­ters have a siz­able ad­van­tage so I need to think ex­tra-hard about my strat­egy. The tee shot is cru­cial, but on par-5s you want to be in a good po­si­tion to play your third shot to make birdie. If I get a good drive away, I’ll have a hy­brid or a 4-iron into the green. You can go long but that leaves a di€cult pitch on back or left pins. The right bunker can be a good bail out be­cause I can get to any pin from there. Hit two re­ally good shots and you get a look at birdie. Hav­ing said that, I’ve also had suc­cess from lay­ing up.

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