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April 7 2011

2:15 PM

Goosen eagles opening hole

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM Site Producer

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Ross Fisher has the early lead, having just made the turn at 3 under, but Retief Goosen may have hit the shot of the day when he holed out from the fairway for eagle on the 445-yard par-4 first hole.

Goosen’s eagle was the first of the day and just the fifth all-time on what’s proven to be one of the tougher holes at Augusta National through the years -- it ranks as the sixth-toughest in the history of the Masters (see chart below).

The last eagle at No. 1 came from Scott Verplank in 1987. Frank Moore (1940), Robert Di Vicenzo (1968) and Takaaki Kono (1970) were the others to eagle the opening hole.

This is Goosen’s 13th career Masters and overall he has a pretty good track record with four top-10s, which of course includes two runner-up finishes in 2002 and 2007. Goosen’s best finish this year was a tie for 12th at the Northern Trust Open.

Augusta National all-time hole-by-hole (1942-2010) 

Hole Yards Par Average Rank Low year High year
1 445 4 4.23 T6 4.0082 (‘74) 4.744 (‘07)
2 575 5 4.80 16 4.6194 (‘90) 4.9964 (‘57)
3 350 4 4.09 14 3.9410 (‘10) 4.2674 (‘89)
4 240 3 3.29 4 3.1227 (‘01) 3.4969 (‘56)
5 455 4 4.27 5 4.0614 (‘01) 4.4750 (‘56)
6 180 3 3.14 13 2.9836 (‘74) 3.2687 (‘46)
7 450 4 4.15 T11 3.9856 (‘01) 4.4023 (‘72)
8 570 5 4.84 15 4.6352 (‘74) 4.9906 (‘56)
9 460 4 4.15 T11 4.0200 (‘68) 4.4007 (‘55)
  3,725 36 36.96   36.000 (‘92) 38.353 (‘56)
10 495 4 4.32 1 4.1212 (‘95) 4.6906 (‘56)
11 505 4 4.29 3 4.0606 (‘95) 4.6438 (‘56)
12 155 3 3.30 2 3.0302 (‘02) 3.5556 (‘66)
13 510 5 4.80 17 4.5574 (‘74) 5.0420 (‘76)
14 440 4 4.18 8 3.9829 (‘09) 4.4133 (‘49)
15 530 5 4.79 18 4.5053 (‘91) 5.0974 (‘98)
16 170 3 3.16 9 3.0105 (‘91) 3.4221 (‘50)
17 440 4 4.16 10 3.9485 (‘96) 4.3480 (‘51)
18 465 4 4.23 T6 4.0144 (‘01) 4.4613 (‘54)
  3,710 36 37.23   35.907 (‘92) 38.828 (‘56)
  7,435 72 74.19   71.907 (‘92) 77.181 (‘56)
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