Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia
7,435 yards – Par 72 – Bentgrass Greens
Tournament Stimpmeter: 13+ feet … FASSSSST Green Speeds
Green Sizes: 6,435 sq. feet … Average Green Sizes
Strength of Field Rating: 750+ … Strong Field
Fairways Hit (Field Average): 69% … Easy-to-Hit Fairways
Greens in Regulation (Field Average): 61% … Tough-to-Hit Greens
Average Temperature: 79 Degrees … Average Temps
Average Wind Speed: 12 mph … Windier than average and often swirling/deceptive
2016: Danny Willett -5 over Jordan Spieth, Lee Westwood -2
2015: Jordan Spieth -18 over Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose -14
2014: Bubba Watson -9 over Jonas Blixt, Jordan Spieth -5
2013: Adam Scott -9 over Angel Cabrera in a playoff
2012: Bubba Watson -10 over Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff
2011: Charl Schwartzel -14 over Adam Scott, Jason Day -12
2010: Phil Mickelson -16 over Lee Westwood -13
2016: Jordan Spieth -3
2015: Jordan Spieth -16
2014: Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth -5
2013: Angel Cabrera, Brandt Snedeker -7
2012: Peter Hanson -9
2011: Rory McIlroy -12
2010: Lee Westwood -12
2016: Jordan Spieth -4
2015: Jordan Spieth -14
2014: Bubba Watson -7
2013: Jason Day -6
2012: Fred Couples , Jason Dufner -5
2011: Rory McIlroy -10
2010: Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter -8
Important Interview Quotes
Q. It’s too early to ask, I guess, but you won the last Major of 2017. What would you say the chances will be to win the first Major this season to make back-to-back Major wins?
JUSTIN THOMAS: I get more excited to go play Augusta than I do any place. It’s a place that I do feel like I’ll win at some point in my career hopefully at least once. But you don’t know. You don’t know if and when it will ever happen. But I do. I love the place. It’s just a matter of playing it better than I have the last few years. -JT at the 2018 Sony Open
Q: How do you think the course sets up for your game?
Jon Rahm: For the most part, almost every hole suits me pretty well besides, maybe, 13 and 14 because you need to hit a draw—I don’t usually hit draws off the tee. Besides those two, all the other holes showed that hitting it long off the tee is going to make it a lot easier to hit my second shot. So if I can take advantage of using my driver, I will. -2017, TaylorMadeGolf.com
Q. How much do you use past knowledge on this course?
LEE WESTWOOD: I think it helps even more when the conditions are testy and you can start pitching it in the wrong place regularly and just not be able to keep the round going, keep any momentum going. So it’s important to have course knowledge when it’s as tough as it is today. -2016
Q. You have a great track record of playing at Amen Corner. What’s been the key for you over the years playing that so well?
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN: I think not really going at the pins, just trying to put myself somewhere on the bottom of the green where I feel like I can 2-putt to any pin and not really being too aggressive. -2016
Q. Was there one time in particular the wind really fooled you?
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN: There was a few times. There was a few. You know, I think downwind is the ones that get you, because you try and get it up in the air and it sort of knuckles it down sometimes. Other times it flies forever and you’re going down wind into a firm green, it’s tough. -2016
Q. You said you liked the kind of undulated, heavily breaking greens like these ones. What appeals to you about those type of greens?
SMYLIE KAUFMAN: Just what I grew up on. I grew up on bentgreens, undulated. That’s one thing my coach at college always said: Put me on greens that are bent, fast, undulated, I’m going to play really well. This place fits my eye pretty well. I just enjoy playing, coming out every day. It’s Augusta National, it’s hard not to have some fun out there. -2016
Q. Is this one of toughest days you’ve played in the Masters, condition-wise?
BILL HAAS: Yeah, I’ve only played a handful of Masters, but I asked Larry, have you seen it here in your 30 years, I think it’s his 29th or something, maybe 29th since he won his first, so maybe at least 30 for him ?? I asked him if he’s seen three days like this. And he said, no, there’s been years where there’s been one day like this, but never three in a row blowing this direction. And usually it’s warmer. And if it does blow it’s usually out of the south. And 18 is more down out of the right as opposed to in and out of the left. So playing very difficult. -2016, R3
Q. How much was it affecting the greens with the wind?
MATT KUCHAR: These greens, as fast as they are, and some of the pin placements, every three footer is a real challenge. It can get away from you and you could end up with ten feet coming back.
So it’s a nerve-wracking proposition, and I’m certainly glad to be done even par and now I can put my feet up and watch it. -2016
Q. How much did the conditions play into it the weather?
RORY MCILROY: A lot. It’s hard to pick a club. It’s hard to trust what you have in your hand. And then you’re reading putts and you’re trying to determine how much the wind is going to be a factor and how much it’s not going to be a factor. Then, if have you a little lull in wind, or the wind starts to pick up, it’s?? you saw us backing off a lot of shots today and there’s a reason for that. It was very difficult out there and very difficult to trust what you were doing.
So, tomorrow I just need to go out with a mindset I’m going to commit to everything, I’m going to basically go at every pin that I can and see how low I can go. -2016
Q. What’s the biggest thing you’ll take from this week, the biggest thing you’ll learn from or enjoy?
ROMAIN LANGASQUE: It’s amazing, I learned a lot yesterday because the course was really tough and like 4 or 5-under was a good score and I think I was maybe just too much, too much 1-over or even par so just learn a lot, I see Bernhard Langer is now close to the lead and I learned from him and I hit the ball 14 meters longer than him, but you just have to be patient on a big course like this one, just to do your best every shot and you have to have a good strategy and to play your golf. -2016
Q. Do people wonder as a smaller guy how you still hit it so far?
MATTHEW FITZPATRICK: I guess. I don’t feel like I do hit it that far. But what was really funny was someone came over to me on the range the other day, and was sort of joking around really because he was saying that obviously I don’t know?? a lot of guys are saying I don’t know if he hits it long enough to compete. And yeah, I was leading the greens in reg after the first two rounds. He was laughing at that, and he was pretty supportive. -2016
Q. Did the illness earlier in the week have any affect on preparation or anything that you can speak of?
BUBBA WATSON: The illness is a sinus infection and allergies and, yes, I’m still dealing with it right now. It affected me, but if I was in perfect health, I probably still could have missed the cut. So it’s not ?? I can’t predict what I would have done if I would have been a hundred percent, that’s neither here nor there. It just shows that I need to improve, I need to get better on windy conditions around this golf course. Little shots here and there hurt you in a big way, and that’s what I did over the last two days. -2016
Q. What is it about Spieth, it’s a tough course, but he plays so well here?
BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU: He loves the greens. We were walking up 18, I don’t know what it is about this place, I just love putting here. I can see the break, I can see the lines. That’s what he said. I was quite impressed with that. Again, it was fun to play with him and to see how he performs and reacts after certain putts. It’s a good experience. I’m still an amateur, I’ve still got hopefully a few more years in me, but we’ll see. -2016
Q. I asked you this the other day, but can you elaborate on why you like this golf course so much and it suits your game, it seems like?
PAUL CASEY: I mean, certainly suits my game. I think the fact I’ve got a high, traditionally a high ball flight; the ability to hit the driver a little bit right-to-left. I’ve always felt I’m a good lag putter, whether the stats show it or not, I’ve always felt comfortable on really fast greens. -2016
Q. If this was an Open course or a U.S. Open course and you had this kind of wind day-in and day-out, the fairways would dry and the ball would get away from you off the tee and run out, is this course lush enough that that’s not the circumstance?
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah, I think that the fairways remain lush here, they play lush in a sense because of the way they mow. The mowing pattern is into you, so they never play too fast off the tee. But it’s the greens that become firm.
And I think obviously has Augusta has ways and means of firming up the greens, as well, overnight, through SubAir and what have you. But the wind is going to do a very good job of drying out the course, too. Because of that, you still get the course playing somewhat long, but you have firm, fast greens in which to hit to, so it’s quite a tough combo. -2016
Q. Of all the golf courses you play on the PGA TOUR, where do you think Augusta National ranks in terms of how it sets up for your game?
BUBBA WATSON: Well, it’s the only course I’ve won twice at, so it’s pretty good, and it’s a good one to win twice at.
The condition of the course is better than any course we play all year. So you’re going to have great fairways, great greens, so you have the chance to score. You have the chance to play at a high level.
Most of the holes, I got lucky with 11 the last two years with the ice storms, some of the tops of the trees are missing. So that shot is a little bit easier for me now off the tee, if there is such a thing on a 500-yard par 4. But it’s a little bit easier.
So now, it’s 7, 1 and 18 are the holes that I look at that are difficult for me off the tee. When you think about all of the other holes look good to my eye, set up well for me, the trees outline the fairway pretty good, so it’s easy for me to envision the shot I want to hit.
If you add it up, yes, Augusta sets up pretty nicely for me. And like I said, if I never win again, it’s a good place to win twice. -2015
Q. Left-handers have had a lot of success here?
BUBBA WATSON: Right-handers have had a lot of success here, too.
I think for me, and I think Phil, Phil’s tried to hit cuts off of tees; Mike Weir has hit a few cuts. For us, it sets up good for a cut, and that’s what you need around here, or a draw for a right-hander. For us, it sets up good for the shot shape we’re trying to hit.
And it’s golf, so it goes in cycles who wins or doesn’t. For some reason, lefties have won recently and hopefully it keeps going with me and not the other lefties. It’s one of those things. For years, there wasn’t that many lefties on Tour, and now with equipment, there’s more lefties and now there’s more chances for us to win the Masters a few more times. -2015
BUBBA WATSON: But you go to Augusta, everybody hits a lot of drivers.
I like Augusta because it’s Augusta. You can hit drivers and it’s a bigger golf course. At the same time there’s not a lot of rough. There’s thick trees but not a lot of branches. So with Phil’s imagination or Tiger’s imagination, Jack’s imagination, the greats of the game can all use their imagination to figure out how to get around this pine tree and onto the green. It gives you a chance to do that. Augusta is a very difficult course and some day I’m going to be bad at it, but right now it helps me when that driver is working pretty good. Give you a chance to hammer it and use you imagination. -2015
Q. You talk about your affinity for this course and length and everything, does it seem like a place you would have a better than average chance to win a first major?
DUSTIN JOHNSON: Yeah, I’ve contended in all the other ones, just not here. To me, yeah, this one sets up the best for me. -2015
Q. Is there any particular hole that worries you more than average here?
DUSTIN JOHNSON: You’d think 9 would be perfect because I like to draw it, but for some reason, I hit it in the right trees every time on that hole. 7, 9 and 17 are holes where I think if I can score pretty good on those, I’ll feel really comfortable on the rest of them. -2015
Q. You were talking about executing the game plan. How does the game plan change over the years as you gain experience here and as the golf course changes?
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah, you always learn something new. You always pick up a little bit of information or a different line or a putt or a bunker that’s actually a pretty good spot to miss in that you didn’t realize before because you can use the backboard down to a certain pin location.
I think the thing about Augusta is a bunker can be terrible to one pin and great to another pin. So you need to really know, depending on where the pin location is, suddenly where the strategy is for that particular pin. So that’s why it takes a bit of time to get used to it.
You don’t see all the pins in practice, and it’s not like they have four pins. There’s about probably ten pins per green that they can use and they are all subtly different. That’s really the art of playing here quite a few times. Like you say, ten times; I’ve played here enough now to sort of have made good notes over the years. -2015
Q. Wishing for a firm, fast Masters?
GRAEME McDOWELL: Yeah, I think it has to be firm and fast for me to have a chance to compete. I don’t feel like it’s been like that the last three or four years since this golf course has got longer.
It’s probably set up worse and worse for a guy like me. I need a little release in these fairways and I need the greens to be probably fairly punishing for guys. They are still a tad receptive today. I look for them to be firm and fast tomorrow. -2014
Q. There’s a sort of expectation that the course would be quite soft after all of that rain earlier in the week, but people seem to be suggesting that it’s as slick as every on the greens.
IAN POULTER: I think that the course was receptive, I got to be honest. It was fairly soft, but obviously the greens run very, very fast on this golf course.
Some of the pin locations today were very hard to keep it under the hole, so you find yourself on key holes around this golf course where you’re putting downhill. When you do that, it’s very easy to get out of position, it’s easy to roll it five feet past, and you’ll see guys 3?putting and getting themselves slightly out of position. -2014
Q. Do you feel like you can still win here?
FRED COUPLES: Well, yes. I’m happy with what I shot, the last few years have been very good, and I really played well today. Can a 50?year?old win here? I think so. I’m one of them. I mean, Sandy Lyle was up on the board, Bernhard Langer and I both last year played really, really well.
It’s hard. I will say that. It’s hard for me personally to play a course this hard day after day after day after day for four solid rounds. But my goal is to compete with these guys and not really worry about them. I hope they all do really well. -2014
Q. How different is the wind around here compared to other courses?
JIMMY WALKER: It really does swirl. It’s amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere where it does anything like this.
You’re out there playing Pebble Beach or San Diego, you know where the wind is all the time, because there’s nothing to block it and make it swirl and running in and out through the trees. It’s tough, it really is. I never really experienced anything like that. -2014
Q. Putting is always the key here, but is good iron play important as the golf course gets a little bit faster for the weekend?
JIM FURYK: Yeah, I think so. Even driving the ball, really. I come here a lot of times trying to hit the ball a little too high and a little too hard off the tee. Because of that, I get a little wild, I hit some crooked shots, and then you can’t play. -2014
Q. When you look at your comfort level on this golf course, do you feel like a guy beyond his third Masters?
GARY WOODLAND: I do, especially with Tony on the bag. I feel very comfortable with it. The whole set up is very well for me, sets up very well for my eye. I’m starting to show I’m playing better and better and hopefully I can ride the momentum today and play well tomorrow. -2014
Q. Have you learned more about Augusta? Are you still learning about Augusta here?
RORY McILROY: No?? I feel more comfortable here. I feel like I can go out and play my game and hit the shots. I’m definitely not as tentative around this place as I used to be. I’m becoming a lot more aggressive and hitting iron shots closer. And I think that’s a good thing because I just feel more comfortable on the golf course. I’m not as scared with some of the trouble, runoffs. Because you know what to expect. -2014
Quotes are from ASAPsports.com unless otherwise noted.