Augusta National will be record length for 86th Masters

There have been changes to two holes at Augusta National, meaning the 86th Masters will be at a record length. 

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Thu, 17 Feb 2022
Augusta National will be record length for 86th Masters

Jon Rahm may be the favourite for the 2022 Masters but if he is to win he will have to do so playing a record length. 

It has been announced that Augusta National will play the longest in its history after two holes were extended. 

A quick glance at the Masters media guide - released yesterday - shows the course now measures at 7,510 yards (up 35 yards). 

There have been significant changes made. The iconic 15th par-5 hole - Firethorn - has been lengthened by 20 yards and is now 550 yards.

That is historically the course's easiest hole (with a pond guarding the green) and has been home to many memorable moments. 

Elsewhere, the par-4 11th - White Dogwood - which is the hardest hole (averaging 4.4 strokes last year) has had the tees moved left. 

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Several pines right of the fairway have also been removed. It has been extended by 15-yards. 

It means the 11th will play to a maximum of 520 yards and no longer than the 510-yard par-5 13th. That could be lengthened in the future. 

At the final hole - Holly - the tees have been moved back 13 yards. It is an iconic closing hole, with the fairway leading uphill to the green.

The 86th Masters will be held from April 7-10. Hideki Matsuyama is the defending champion. Jon Rahm is this year's favourite.

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