How many holes-in-one have been recorded in the Masters Tournament?
Traditionally the first ‘major’ of the season, the, Georgia since 1934. The National corresponds to the regulation golf course layout insofar as it features four par-3 holes, which are nos. 4, 6, 12 and 16 on the scorecard. Collectively, they have seen 27 holes-in-one in the history of the Masters Tournament.
Unsurprisingly, the fourth and final par-3 on the golf course, no. 16, a.k.a. ‘Redbud’, has seen 18 holes-in-one or, in other words, exactly two-thirds of the total number recorded in the history of the Masters. Depending on conditions, no. 16 can require anything from a 5-iron to a 9-iron, over a pond, to a severely sloping green. However, on the final day of the Masters, the pin is invariably positioned on the back-left portion of the green, leaving a generous landing area to the right, from which the slope naturally funnels the ball towards the hole. In the 2016 Masters Tournament, Shane Lowry, Davis Love III and Louis Oosthuizen all recorded holes-in-one on no.16.
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Equally unsurprisingly, granted that it is arguably the toughest hole at Augusta, the first par-3, no. 4, a.k.a. ‘Flowering Crab Apple’, has seen just one hole-in-one in the history the Masters. The tee was moved back 30 yards or so in 2006, thereby lengtening the hole to its current 240 yards, or the equivalent of a 3-iron or 5-wood. However, back in 1992, when the hole measured a ‘mere’ 213 yards, Jeff Sluman holed a 4-iron for an unlikely ‘ace’.
No.12, a.k.a. ‘Golden Bell’, is probably the most famous short par-3 in golf. Measuring just 155 yards, no. 12 is notoriously difficult to judge and has seen just three holes-in-one in Masters history and none since 1988. No. 6, a.k.a. ‘Juniper’, measures 180 yards and represents a bona fide birdie chance, but the pin is only really accessible when positioned on the front-left portion of the green; no. 6 has seen five holes-in-one in Masters history.