It’s understood that the Masters tournament doesn’t really begin until the Sunday leaders reach the back nine of Augusta National. And waiting for them is Amen Corner. This is where stars are born and dreams crumble. Any success over these treacherous holes is reason to breathe a sigh of relief, as you'll see later on in this article.
Arguably the most famous shot in any of the four Majors occurred at Amen Corner (11th hole). Larry Mize’s miraculous 45-foot chip to beat Greg Norman in a sudden-death playoff gave the unknown golfer the 1987 Masters title.
Nine years later, the Shark was back with a vengeance, as he took a six-stroke led over Nick Faldo. But a brutal run of holes--mainly on Amen Corner--doomed Norman to a final round 78,and dubbed the former No. 1 golfer in the world one of the all-time greatest choke artists in sports (just ahead of the 1982 California Angels).
Norman's not the only one that's stumbled over these holes. In 1978 Tommy Nakajima carded a 13 on the par 5 13th and the smooth swinging Tom Weiskopf carved out a bakers dozen on No.12. Both are records that nobody wants their name attached to.
On Thursday the Masters will get underway, and the anticipation of crowning a champion will culminate Sunday afternoon. Yet, if the history of the Masters tells us anything, we know Amen Corner will hold the keys to victory. What happens on 11, 12 and 13 should once again decide who dawns the Green Jacket.
With that in mind, here are the top 10 train wrecks of Amen Corner.