Augusta National’s 5th Hole DJ & Rory Proofed For 2019 Masters.

You could call it ‘DJ & Rory Proofing’ with the big-hitting likes of Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy to now find a new-look par-4 fifth hole at this week’s Masters.

It has been 30-years since this hole had been touched and while confirmed earlier year when the Masters released their 2019 media guide, those like Johnson and McIlroy now arriving at Augusta National will get a first look at the new-look 5th hole ready to challenge the 2019 Masters invitees.

The championship tee has been moved back some 40-yards so that the par-4 5th hole now measures 495-yards, and that’s naturally 40 yards longer than it was the year before.

As well, Augusta National has extended the two bunkers left of the fairway some 80 yards toward the green to bring them into play and with the media guide indicating it will require a 313-yard tee shot to carry the bunkers from the new championship tee.

Compared to 2018, the par-4 5th hole will play 40-yards longer for the 2019 Masters.

“Significantly different,” Brandt Snedeker said with just enough of a smile that “different” did not mean it was any easier.

“It used to be a 3-wood for the long guys, then a short- to mid-iron. It was a par hole. You might make a few birdies. You’re not making a huge number there. But you’re hitting a lot longer clubs in. And that’s going to be a little different.”

The 5th is now tied with the 10th hole as the second-longest par-4 on the course, and just 15 yards shorter than the par-5 13th while the 505-yard par-4 11th remains Augusta National’s longest par-4.

In the bigger Masters history picture, the 5th is the fifth-hardest hole in Masters history (based on stats from 1942 to 2018) with a scoring average of 4.26.

In 2018, the 5th hole is sixth-hardest hole with a scoring average of 4.16 while a year ago it yielded 26 birdies compared to 64 bogeys and four double bogeys.

The 2019 Masters gets underway next Thursday April 11th.

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