The easiest three-hole stretch at Augusta National

No. 15 green at Augusta National, as seen from the gallery to the left of the green (Rob Schumacher/USA TODAY Sports)

The specifics: Par 5, 530 yards

Historical scoring average: 4.78 (18th hardest in relation to par)

Easiest it has played: 4.51 in 1991

Hardest it has played: 5.01 in 1998

2019 scoring average: 4.54

How it plays: This downhill par 5 invites long drives down the right side of the fairway, leaving most modern players a long to mid-iron across a pond that fronts the green. A tee shot to the left can force a player to lay up because pine trees some 160 yards short of the green block an approach from that side of the fairway. It’s not uncommon for players who have laid up on their second shots to overspin their third shots into the green, with the ball racing back off the green, down a shaved bank and into the water. Many players hit their second shots over the back of the green, leaving a difficult pitch to a green that runs toward the front and the pond. Like No. 13, this is one of the best risk-reward par 5s in golf.

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