Golly you folks are getting so off line!!! There are SOME holes at Augusta that do have better site lines for a left handed player. It is not designed to FAVOR a lefty. Just the design.
Rory McIlroy is RIGHT handed. If you would watch him play you would know that!!
Tiger has one the Masters 4 times......3 times since its redesign. Only three left handers have ever won the Masters since it began in 1934. Mickelson, Weir and one other who's name is not familiar to me.
I am not the person writing these articles nor am I the professional golfer playing at Augusta National who is making these statements. As for Tiger winning the Masters, he has only won ONCE since the redesign of this course which was completed following the 2002 Masters which Tiger won.
And I KNOW that Rory is right handed. Beat thought he was left handed and I corrected Beat. Again, I was merely pointing out that many commentators and the players themselves have stated unequivocally that the course following the redesign favors left handed players. I made this statement in response to the fact that Alex stated it was BS. Obviously there must be something to this or the entire golf world would not be discussing it. I maintain that major golf courses should be set up in a neutral fashion which should favor neither a right hand or left hand player and I stand by my statement.
When Tiger set the Masters record in 1997, he drove down the right side on holes 2, 7, 11, 15 and 17, thus getting a very good angle and level lie into the green. He did similar strategies in 2001 ans 2002. At that time, 13 was much shorter, thus the angle to get to the flatter part of the fiarway could be hit easily with a three wood. It is much easier to hit a controlled draw with a three versus a driver. Yest it is easier to hit a high cut with a driver.
ANGC added 2 inch rough and many trees down the right sides of the above mentioned holes and added much length to 1, 2, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, and 18th hole.
These changes forced all golfers to draw the ball more on these holes and play the holes farther to the left.
Anyone that plays golf today knows that a draw is harder to hit consistently versus a fade or cut. Left handers can hit a fade on these holes easier than right handers can hit a draw. It is also unfortunate that Tiger has had the normal missed shot to the right for many years. It's just this year that he is changing that miss.
These changes (narrowing of fairways with rough and trees) seemed to go against Bobby Jones original concept with the Masters - very wide generous fairways, but strategies requiring correct angles into the greens. As they say, it is a second shot course.
It's interesting that these changes were done after Tiger scored so low on the hollowed grounds of ANGC; but the changes were not done after Ray Floyd tied Jack's record in 1976.