16th Hole at Augusta National: Redbud

  • Par: Par 3
  • Length: 170 yards
  • Name: Redbud
The final par-3 hole at Augusta National Golf Course, No. 16 is set up for birdies in the final round of Masters Tournaments and typically produces roars from the crowd. But it's a full carry over water, so there are usually some groans, too.

Three bunkers surround the green, which has a pronounced tilt from right to left. The pond wasn't there originally, it was added in 1947. This is the hole where, during practice rounds prior to the tournament, many players please the fans by trying to skip balls across the surface of the water and onto the green.

Hole 16's namesake Redbud (scientific name: cercis canadensis) is a small tree that, belying its name, puts out pink flowers from early March and into April.

Scoring Stats on Augusta National Hole 16

The all-time scoring average on the 16th hole during The Masters is 3.15 strokes, which ranks this as the 10th toughest hole on the golf course.

The easiest the hole has ever played during a single tournament is a 2.96 stroke average in 2014. The hardest it has played during a single Masters is a stroke average of 3.42 in 1950.

All-Time Best and Worst Scores on Augusta's 16th Hole

Highest score ever on No. 16: The worst score ever made on the hole is an 11, recorded by Herman Barron in the second round of the 1950 Masters. That's an octuple bogey.

Lowest score ever on No. 16: The best score ever on Hole 16 is an ace, a hole-in-one, and it's happened more on this hole than on any of Augusta National's other par-3s. The list of golfers who've aced Redbud: Ross Somerville, 1934; Ray Billows, 1940; John W. Dawson, 1949; Clive Clark, 1968; Corey Pavin, 1992; Raymond Floyd, 1996; Kirk Triplett, 2004; Padraig Harrington, 2004; Trevor Immelman, 2005; Ian Poulter, 2008; Ryan Moore, 2010; Nathan Green, 2010; Adam Scott, 2012; Bo Van Pelt, 2012; Davis Love, 2016; Louis Oosthuizen, 2016; Shane Lowry, 2016; Matt Kuchar, 2017; Charley Hoffman, 2018; Bryson DeChambeau, 2019; Justin Thomas, 2019

Best tournament score ever on No. 16: What about cumulative score on No. 16 during a single Masters? One golfer in tournament history has birdied Hole 16 all four rounds. And that is Bert Yancey, who pulled off that feat in the 1968 Masters. Yancey's 2-2-2-2 sets the mark at 4-under 8.

Worst tournament score on No. 16: The highest, four-round total on the 16th hole during a single Masters is 9-over 21. Two golfers share that record:

  • Richard Chapman, 1955 (4,4,3,10)
  • George Bayer, 1962 (3,5,4,9)

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