Faldo’s Frightening Five – The Masters

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The 5 scariest Masters shots you don't know Since no one knows the course better than he does, we asked CBS's lead golf analyst to take us on a tour of Augusta's other defining shots. Read on for our insider's guide to the death zones where this year's contenders are likely to lose their cool, and their game. Since Faldo's looking down from the booth, we doubled up with someone on the ground and got a younger Brit's perspective. Likely contender Luke Donald weighs in on each of the Faldo-designated danger zones he'll face this year (like No. 4, shown here).
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TEE SHOT ON THE 240-YARD PAR-3 FOURTH What to Watch For "The fourth has become a serious hole since I won my first Masters in 1989. We'd hit 3- or 4-iron then. Today it's 240 yards; some guys have to hit 5-wood. With a firm breeze it can play 252 yards — and it's nearly 240 yards just to carry the trap in front! If the pin is tucked front-right, you must avoid the front bunker — you'll never get it up and down from there because the green is so slick. Look for the smart players to play it safe, aiming for the left-center." I Remember... "I made a two there in '89 on Sunday, which is pretty impressive. The crowd — whoops, forgive me — the 'patrons' were moving around a lot, which was distracting, and before I putted I just screamed, 'Stand!' [Laughs] That released some pressure, and I stepped up and holed a curling putt!" Luke Donald "A high hybrid to the center of the green is needed, as this hole has one of the trickiest greens at Augusta. Four tough pin positions await the players, who will all gladly accept par on this long and demanding par 3."
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TEE SHOT ON THE 180-YARD PAR-3 SIXTH What to Watch For "Crumbs! When they put the pin back-right, like they do on Thursday and Sunday, watch out! You need to land your ball on a 3-yard-by-3-yard circle up on that shelf. If it's short by a foot, it comes back down off the green. Go left, and you've got a long putt. But beware the wind. It gets bottled up because the trees are so tall. You can hit the same shot as your playing partner, and he's eight feet away and you end up 100 feet short. It's a laugh of the gods." I Remember... "Against Greg [Norman] on Sunday in '96, I made birdie, which was great for my confidence. I hit a 6-iron to six feet behind the hole and made the putt, and I think that sent a message to Greg that said, 'I'm in control of what I'm doing.' That's part of the psychology of Augusta — let the other guy know that you're on your game." Luke Donald "Distance control is a must. There's a tier on the right side that uses two tricky pin positions where the landing is no wider or longer than about 20 feet. The green slopes severely from back to front, so anything long is almost assured a bogey."
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APPROACH ON THE 450-YARD PAR-4 SEVENTH What to Watch For "No. 7 has changed dramatically. It was a 2-iron and a wedge for me in my prime. But they've lengthened it [by 40 yards for last year's tournament], and it's usually into the wind, so you have to pound your drive, in hopes of playing a 5- or 6-iron into the green, which is tiny. It's one of the two smallest greens on the course, so you can't get cute with your approach. Look for players to aim for the right side of the green — pin-hunting when it's cut left is for the bravest souls." I Remember... "The first time I saw No. 7, I thought, 'Wow! They've put the pin three yards from the front!' I'd never seen that before, and you have two massive bunkers in front of the green. Then I thought, 'OK, just land it long,' but you never want to be long at Augusta. I always tried to get within a 15-foot circle of the hole here because you're surrounded by bunkers on a lightning-fast green. Crumbs!' Luke Donald "The green is one of the smallest on the course, and it has a ridge running straight through the middle. With a pitching wedge, the shot used to be relatively simple, but now with the increased length of the hole, most people are hitting up to a 6-iron to a green that is only about 25 feet deep and heavily surrounded by deep bunkers. It's a much more challenging shot than it was in previous years."
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APPROACH ON THE 460-YARD PAR-4 NINTH What to Watch For Being short at Augusta means that if you're a foot short, you roll 40 yards off the green. Back in my day, this tee shot would catch the top of the slope and run for 40, 50 yards, making this approach easier. But they added that first cut of rough, so if your ball hangs there, you have a 3-iron in. That's not fun." I Remember... In '96, Greg went for that front-left pin, while I played safe to the other side. He came up just short, rolled off and made 5. He was just short and he suffered the consequences. That's Augusta — the course poses a question: 'How will you get the ball lose to the pin?' If you give the wrong answer, it strangles you." Luke Donald "What makes this approach tricky is hitting your second shot off a sloped fairway angling down and right. The green, meanwhile, is angled right to left. If you come up short, it will run 50 yards to the bottom of the hill."
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APPROACH ON THE 440-YARD PAR-4 17TH What to Watch For "This pin is wicked. It's on the edge of a cliff! You have to land your shot on an area the size of a manhole cover. Over the green is death! On TV we sound like we're joking, but you literally have a margin of error of about five feet from your target. Miss that tiny target, and you better have a great short game." I Remember... "In '89 I left myself a 35-footer across the green and over that ridge. I hit the putt too hard and, thankfully, it disappeared into the cup. Otherwise it could've rolled off the green, and there's a two-shot swing. [Scott] Hoch hit his approach over the green, made bogey, and I won in a playoff." Luke Donald "The green is what makes this shot hard. Over the back, it runs off severely, leaving you with next to no chance of getting up and down. A big bunker awaits any shots short, and a two-putt is tricky because of the sloped suface."