Hallowed Ground

2017 Masters champ Sergio Garcia reveals the one hole he’d play at Augusta National (if he could only play one)

February 20, 2024
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David Cannon

Just as every kid has a favorite superhero, every grown-up has a favorite hole at Augusta National. Maybe you like the carnage of no. 12, nasty, mean old "Golden Bell," or the cauldron of no. 16, the iconic "Redbud." Perhaps you like the lilting sprawl of no. 2 ("Pink Dogwood") or the mainlined drama of 18 ("Holly"). But chances are good—very, very good—that your opinion is based on TV. What do the guys who actually play Augusta National year-in, year-out think? If they had to pick just one hole at ANGC to play the rest of their lives, what would it be? Well, now we know the answer of at least one former Masters champ.

As far as takes go, this is not particularly caliente from Sergio Garcia. “Azalea” is a legend amongst legends. The par-5 13th is one of Augusta National’s most instantly recognizable holes, set against a backsplash of bright pink Azaleas and severed by an only-slightly-less-treacherous tributary to Rae's Creek. Even after being lengthened 35 yards in 2023, the 13th remains a fantastic scoring opportunity for the chasing pack and has played host to many unforgettable shots over the years, from Phil Mickelson from the trees in 2010 to Zach Johnson’s practice swing whoopsie in 2019.

Sorry Zach, we had to. Anyway, you can disagree with a lot of what Garcia has done since donning the green jacket seven years ago, but it’s tough to hate on this take … even if you are one of those weirdos who says no. 5 just to be edgy.