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November 12 2013

11:04 AM

11-12-13 numbers game on TOUR

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The Amen Corner is probably the best-known stretch of Nos. 11, 12 and 13 in the game.

By Sean Martin and Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

According to one national bridal chain store, an estimated 3,000 couples will get married today. Unusual for a mid-week date? Yes.

But this isn't just any day -- it's 11-12-13 and those sequential numbers can be very appealing to some who think the date is lucky. One couple on NBC's "Today Show" even took it to another level by saying their I-dos at 9:10 a.m. so it's 9-10-11-12-13.

PGATOUR.COM thought it might be fun to look at some different 11-12-13 golf patterns.

MOST FAMOUS NOS. 11, 12 AND 13: Augusta National Golf Club’s 11th, 12th and 13th holes are known as “Amen Corner.” The 11th is a 505-yard par-4 known as White Dogwood. No. 12, named Golden Bell, is a 155-yard par-3. The 510-yard, par-5 13th is named Azalea. Each hole at Augusta National is named after a flower. The course is built on a former nursery.

The 11th -- which was the site of Larry Mize's miraculous chip-in to defeat Greg Norman in a playoff in the 1987 Masters -- is Augusta National’s second-hardest hole; only the par-4 10th plays more difficult. The 12th is the course’s shortest hole while the 13th hole offers players a reprieve after facing two of the course’s toughest holes -- only the par-5 15th plays easier.

HARDEST NOS. 11, 12 AND 13: Congressional Country Club’s 11th hole was the most difficult 11th hole TOUR in the 2013 season; the 489-yard, par-4 played to a 4.447 stroke average. The hole yielded 27 birdies, 223 pars, 118 bogeys, 39 double bogeys and five “others” in this year’s AT&T National. Congressional’s 11th was the fourth-hardest hole on TOUR in the 2013 season and the hardest hole at a non-major; the three holes ranked ahead of it all were at U.S. Open host Merion Golf Club.

Quail Hollow’s 12th was the hardest 12th hole on TOUR in 2013. The 456-yard, par-4 hole was the 27th-hardest hole on TOUR, playing to a 4.349 scoring average. The hole allowed nearly as many double-bogeys (15) as birdies (17).

The par-3 13th hole at Open Championship site Muirfield Golf Club was the hardest No. 13 on TOUR in the 2013 season, playing to a 3.286 scoring average. The 191-yard hole gave up 22 double-bogeys and four “others.” It was the 46th-hardest hole on TOUR in 2013 and ninth-hardest par-3.

SHORTEST NOS. 11, 12 AND 13: The 157-yard, par-3 11th at TPC Southwind was the shortest 11th hole on TOUR in 2013. Augusta National’s par-3 12th isn’t just the shortest hole on that course; at 155 yards, it’s the shortest 12th hole on TOUR in 2013. Merion’s 115-yard, par-3 hole was the shortest 13th hole on TOUR; Phil Mickelson made an untimely bogey there in his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open.

EASIEST NOS. 11, 12 AND 13: Scoring is always low in the California desert so it should come as no surprise that the easiest Nos. 11, 12 and 13 on TOUR last year all figured into Brian Gay's win at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

The 11th on the Palmer Course at PGA West is a 512-yard par 5 that gave up 10 eagles, 141 birdies, 81 pars and just 5 bogeys while playing to an average of .658 under par.

The easiest 12th and 13th holes both were on the Nicklaus Course. The 12th is a 403-yard par 4 that relinquished 60 birdies and just seven bogeys while playing to a par of 3.686. The 13th is a 528-yard par 5 that allowed five eagles and 83 birdies but just 5 bogeys and four of the dreaded "others."

LONGEST NOS. 11, 12 AND 13: All three of the longest Nos. 11, 12 and 13 holes played during the 2013 season were par 5s that measured over 600 yards. The 11th at Colonial Country Club is 635 yards while the 12th at TPC Blue Monster stretches 603 yards and the 13th on the South Course at Torrey Pines measures 614.

SCORES OF 11, 12 AND 13 ON A SINGLE HOLE: Since 1983 there have been 113 TOUR pros who have looked like the rest of us mere mortals and recorded an 11, 12 or 13 on a single hole. Take heart -- the list includes World Golf Hall of Famers in Hale Irwin (one 11), Ben Crenshaw (13 and 11) and Phil Mickelson (11), as well as the reigning FedExCup champion Henrik Stenson (11).

Fulton Allem has made one of each as has John Daly, although he has six total (13, 12, 12, 11, 11 and 11).

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