Masters, par 5 of 2 becomes the longest hole

For the 88th edition of the Masters scheduled from April 11th to 14th, 2024, the tee box of the par 5 hole number 2 has been shifted ten meters to the left

by Andrea Gussoni
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Masters, par 5 of 2 becomes the longest hole
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As part of a renovation policy initiated in 2022, the Augusta National Golf Club has made changes to certain holes, including the tee box of hole number 2 (par 5), which has been moved ten meters to the left. With a total length of 535 meters, it is now the longest hole on the Masters course.

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For the 88th edition of the Masters scheduled from April 11th to 14th, 2024, the tee box of the par 5 hole number 2 has been shifted ten meters to the left, making it ideal for left-handed players. It now measures 535 meters, becoming the longest hole on the Augusta National course.

The last significant modification at this location was in 1999 when the tee boxes were moved from 18 to 23 meters back. In 2010, the front of the green was widened by exactly 2.43 meters. Throughout the history of the Masters, this par 5 hole has rarely been a challenge.

One still remembers Louis Oosthuizen's Albatross on Sunday in 2012. For the last edition won by Spaniard Jon Rahm, it was even the easiest hole to negotiate with an average score of 4.637. This latest modification, the only one made for 2024, continues a renovation policy initiated in 2022 on crucial points of the Georgian layout.

Two years ago, holes 11, 15, and 18 were extended by a total of 35 meters. In 2023, the par 5 hole 13 saw its tee box raised by 7.30 meters, while the hole's distance was increased by another 35 meters. The rules of golf are a set of standard norms and procedures that govern how the sport of golf should be played.

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