Leader suggests No . 13 at Augusta National could be longer

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) This might sound like the final hole at Amen Corner is going to get a little longer.

At least one golfer says hallelujah.

Augusta National Leader Fred Ridley hinted Wednesday that this par-5 13th, a 510-yard pit known as Azalea, could be super-sized in the future.

” There’ s i9000 a great quote from Bobby Jones dealing specifically with the 13th gap, which has been lengthened over time, and he stated the decision to go for the green within two should be a momentous one, ” Ridley said during his pre-Masters news conference. ” And I would need to say that our observations of these excellent players hitting middle, and even brief irons, into that hole is not really a momentous decision. ”

Jordan Spieth , the 2015 Masters champ, would welcome the extra yardage.

” I would hope it will be lengthened, personally, to take away specific players being able to cut off a lot of the opening and require pretty much everyone going to it around the same line, ” he said.

Spieth added that the dog-leg-left hole mementos left-hander Bubba Watson , Rory McIlroy and the like with towering, right to left basketball flights.

” I’ ll probably hit 3-wood all days this year, ” Spieth mentioned. ” So it will just power you to hit driver into a place where you would hit 3-wood. … It’ s forcing you to strike driver in the same place that will guys are thinking 3-woods, so it simply makes it a little bit harder. ”

No . 13 ranked because the easiest hole in 2017, giving up 128 birdies and six silver eagles.

The par-5 8th also could get a mild transformation. The 570-yard hole nicknamed Yellowish Jasmine ranked third-easiest in 2017, yielding 90 birdies.

” We think there is an issue … that needs to be addressed, ” Ridley stated. ” The ultimate decision is going to be, I’ m confident, a collective one particular. It’ s going to be a single where all of the stakeholders sit down plus come to some agreement. ”

Ridley also addressed the main topic of fan behavior, which has become a scorching topic on the PGA Tour.

In a few events this year, high-profile players Sergio Garcia, McIlroy plus Justin Thomas have dealt with out-of-line comments. Garcia and Thomas also ended up getting hecklers ejected.

Ridley said he desires more decorum at Augusta.

” It’ s some thing really that’ s part of the west, ” he said. ” We all believe that it’ s important not just here at the Masters, but in each tournament. I know there have been some situations recently, but we take that will part of our policies very significantly, and we will always take action to make sure that our policies are enforced, including that certain. ”

One on-line site reported earlier this week that will spectators who yell the term ” Dilly” will be taken off Augusta National. The report stated security had been given a list of sayings which are prohibited and anyone who shouts all of them will be ” removed” immediately.

” Dilly” obtained popularity as a saying last drop through Bud Light commercials. Movies have since surfaced of followers yelling it at golf competitions after players tee off.

The American beer creator responded to the reported ban upon Twitter, proclaiming the company will send one, 000 ” Dilly” Tee shirts to the Masters for fans to wear.

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