The dramas have been well documented. From Gene Sarazen’s double eagle at No. 15 to Phil Mickelson’s birdie putt at No. 18 to famous charges and the prayers – answered and unfulfilled – at Amen Corner, Augusta National often delivers an epic finish.
But the Masters Tournament, or so the saying goes, truly begins on the second nine on Sunday.
At the turn.
At No. 10.
It might be overlooked, what with the storied eight holes that follow, but the 10th stands alone as the toughest in Tournament history with a 4.31 stroke average.
And it’s where the Masters has ended in playoffs three of the past five years – including the last two – again the scene of shots and moments etched in Augusta National lore.
“I'm sure every time I play the 10th, I won't be able to help but think back to late that Sunday afternoon,” said Adam Scott, who prevailed there last year to become the first Australian to don the Green Jacket.
Scott’s duel with Angel Cabrera included a poignant gesture as the two players strode down the 10th fairway after hitting their approach shots. Cabrera had found the green, but faced a lengthy putt. Scott responded by knocking his shot to 15 feet.
Cabrera then pointed toward Scott, smiled and nodded his head, acknowledging how the Australian had risen to the occasion. Scott sank the birdie putt to join Cabrera as a Masters champion.
“I was congratulating him because he hit a great shot. Even after I hit a good shot, and given the time and moment, I wanted to congratulate him,”