Sports Report: 5th hole at Augusta being lengthened by 30 yards

19:11  12 july  2018
19:11  12 july  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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Augusta National is adding a tee box which will lengthen the par-4 fifth hole by 30 yards , Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte reported Wednesday night on “Golf Central.”

30 with the Augusta Planning and Development Department. The tee box for Masters Tournament play on the 455-yard, par-4 hole could be pushed back an estimated 20- 30 yards across Old Berckmans Road. Prior to that, Augusta National lengthened six holes in 2006.

Augusta National is the latest golf course making a dramatic change in order to keep up with the length of the modern game.

The prestige course is in the process of adding a tee box to the par-4 fifth that will lengthen the hole by 30 yards, according to Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte.

"The new hole will play upwards of 485 yards in an attempt to restore the shot value that has been taken away by the distances achieved by the modern game," Rosaforte said. "Instead of 3-woods and 7-irons, the new fifth should require a driver and a 5-iron, at the very least, depending upon the conditions."

The fifth hole, which previously played at 455 yards, was already the fifth-toughest par-4 on the course at this year's Masters.

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To do so, it would re-route Old Berckmans road, which runs adjacent to the hole , to create a new teeing ground about 20- 30 yards farther back from the current location. The plan was first reported on Augusta .com.

30 with the Augusta Planning and Development Department that could signal the par-4 fifth hole being lengthened . The plans show the fifth tee box being pushed back an estimated 20- 30 yards across Old Berckmans Road.

This would be the first club-enacted change at Augusta since six holes were altered 12 years ago.

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