14th Hole at Augusta National: Chinese Fir

  • Par: Par 4
  • Length: 440 yards
  • Name: Chinese Fir
The 14th hole at Augusta National Golf Club is the only hole on the golf course that does not have any bunkers. But plenty of sloping ground on the hole makes up for the lack of sand.

Start with a drive to a sloping fairway that can kick shots to the right. The approach to the green is to a putting surface that has lots of undulations with a significant drop from left to right.

The name of No. 14 is Chinese Fir, scientific name Cunninghamia lanceolata. As you might guess, the fast-growing evergreen is native to China. It produces spikes of tiny flowers followed by ornamental cones.

This is an animated flyover of the 14th hole produced for Golfweek:

Scoring Stats on Augusta National Hole 14

In the history of The Masters, the all-time scoring average on No. 14 is 4.18 strokes. That makes Chinese Fir the eighth-toughest hole on Augusta National.

The hole has played under par during an individual Masters, however. The lowest stroke average on the 14th hole was 3.936 during the 2011 Masters. The highest stroke average was 4.413 during the 1949 Masters.

All-Time Best and Worst Scores on Augusta's 14th Hole

Highest score ever on No. 14: The highest Masters Tournament score on Chinese Fir is a quadruple bogey 8, a score recorded just once. Nick Price made 8 on the 14th during the 1993 Masters.

Lowest scores ever on No. 14: The lowest score made during a Masters is a 2, a score of eagle on the par-4 hole. Many golfers have holed-out for a 2 on the 14th over the years. Those golfers are: Felix Serafin, 1946; Jim McHale, 1951; Frank Stranahan, 1954; Allen Miller, 1975; Larry Ziegler, 1976; Gil Morgan, 1981; Dan Pohl, 1982; Raymond Floyd, 1984; Isao Aoki, 1988; Bill Britton, 1990; Brett Ogle, 1993; Lanny Wadkins, 1994; Fred Funk, 1999; Tiger Woods, 2006; Nick Watney, 2008; Dustin Johnson, 2009; Phil Mickelson, 2010; Thomas Bjorn, 2013; Sang-moon Bae, 2015; Martin Kaymer, 2016.

Best 4-round tournament score ever on No. 14: What about the best cumulative scoring during a single tournament? That record is 12. In the 1991 Masters, Bernhard Langer came the first, and so far only, golfer to birdie the 14th all four rounds, going 3-3-3-3.

Worst 4-round tournament score on No. 14: The worst cumulative score during a single tournament was set by Horton Smith in 1956 — 6-over-par 22. Smith had scores of 5, 6, 5 and 6.

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