Saturday 26 May 2018

Rory's bogey holes

Rory McIlroyhits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta
Rory McIlroyhits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta

Rory McIlroy can ring up the decibels with spectacular golf shots at The Masters . . . but his prospects of donning the Green Jacket next Sunday could hinge on the Holywood star's performance on three of his bogey holes at Augusta National.

No 1 Tea Olive (445 yards)

Rory needs to get off on the right foot at one of the most demanding openers in golf. He's never made birdie here but par is always acceptable on this uphill dogleg right. After an unsettling five on Sunday in 2011, he double-bogeyed it on Thursday and Saturday in 2012; made bogey the following Sunday and dropped another shot on Friday last year.

McIlroy's Average: 4.388 (Field: 4.23)

 

No 7 Pampas (450 yards)

McIlroy nominate seven as the one he finds toughest, saying if you miss the ribbon-thin fairway, you're more likely to be blocked-out by trees than anywhere else at Augusta. The second shot to an elevated, well-guarded green also is daunting. In 18 visits, he's played it in seven-over, including double-bogey sixes on Friday in 2010, when he missed the cut, and on Saturday 2012.

McIlroy's Average: 4.388 (Field: 4.14).

 

No 10 Camellia (495 yards):

The nightmare began here in 2011 with a crushing treble-bogey. Happily, the tree bough which deflected McIlroy's tee shot into trouble that day was a casualty of recent ice storms.

In 18 visits, Rory's also made six bogeys on a downhill, dogleg left that demands a hard hook for added distance. Historically, the 10th is the toughest hole at the Masters.

McIlroy's Average: 4.5 (Field:4.31).

Irish Independent

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