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Here is a story I found on the official Masters web site written by Art Stricklin:
50 years of Amen Corner
For all the memorable players who have come through Augusta National’s Amen Corner, it’s the great shots which have defined this trio of second nine holes.
Dozens of memorable shots, both good and bad, have taken place within the compact, secluded portion of real estate during the annual Masters Tournament.
The memories and the players who made them are part of this year’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the naming of Amen Corner by golf writer Herbert Warren Wind.
The par 4 11th, measuring 505 yards from the tee box, is the first of the trio and produced one of the most dramatic and often-replayed shots in Masters history.
Augusta native Larry Mize knocked his chip shot in the hole from 140 feet standing right of the green to defeat Greg Norman in a playoff and win the 1987 Masters.
“I’ve never tried that shot again,” Mize says of his most memorable shot. “The only way I’m going over is if I hit a shot there in practice or in the tournament.”
Formerly the second hole of the playoff rotation for the tournament, No. 11 has decided several Masters champions.
Fuzzy Zoeller cemented his unique niche in Masters history when he birdied the 11th hole in 1979 and became the first player since 1935 to win the Masters in his first attempt.
Nick Faldo birdied the hole in a steady downpour in 1989, to defeat Scott Hoch in a Masters playoff to capture his first green jacket, and then watched a year later as former Masters winner Raymond Floyd put his approach shot in the water on No. 11 which handed Faldo his second Masters title.
“The Masters has always been such a big part of my career,” Faldo recalled. “In 1989 and ’90, I came in at the top of my game, but it’s still a validation to win there.”
A decade later, Vijay Singh also found the water on No. 11 in his final round, but still was able to recover for a bogey en route to a three-shot Masters victory over Ernie Els.
“I was able to get a good drop after hitting in the water and made a very good bogey on the hole which helped save me,” Singh said.
Korea’s K.J. Choi made an eagle two there in 2004 en route to a second-nine 31.
The par 3 12th hole, 155 yards from the tee, has remained practically unchanged for decades and the drama produced by the hole known as ‘Golden Bell’ has remained unchanged as well.
Masters Champion Fred Couples saw his final round approach come up short in 1992, but somehow stay on the bank without rolling back into the water, when he won the Tournament by two shots over Raymond Floyd.
Couples calmly chipped his approach shot back onto the putting surface, then casually fished another ball out of the water in front of the green and flipped it on the grass.
Ben Hogan reported had a different type of tale when playing with Claude Harmon in 1947. Harmon made the first ace in Masters history there while Hogan made a birdie two.
According to golf legend, the intense Hogan failed to recognize the hole in one by his playing partner, but turned to Harmon to inform him that was the first two he had ever made on Number 12.
Four-time Masters runner-up Tom Weiskopf made a 13 on the par 3, tied with fellow Amen Corner victim Tommy Nakajima, who made a 13 on No. 13, for the highest individual hole score in Masters history.
Scott Verplank became the only player ever to birdie the hole every day in 2003, but could do no better than a tie for eighth.
Greg Norman lost his ball behind the 12th green in 1999, was forced to hit again across the water and came out with a bogey four, but finished third.
The par 5 13th, 510 yards, has a similar tale of triumph and tragedy.
Byron Nelson made an eagle three there after a birdie two on No. 12 en route to winning his first Masters, and the Byron Nelson Bridge crossing Rae’s Creek at the tee is named in his honor.
Arnold Palmer also made eagle three in 1958 to aid his Masters victory, but hugely popular amateur Bobby Joe Patton took a seven here to fall one stroke out of the Ben Hogan/Sam Snead playoff in 1954.
Jeff Maggert made only the third double eagle in Masters history here, the first on No. 13, in his final round in 1994, but still finished tied for 50th.
Even four-time champion Tiger Woods has felt the highs and lows of No. 13.