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At Augusta National, Nos. 3-4-5 are an early, worthy trio of holes

At Augusta National, Nos. 3-4-5 are an early, worthy trio of holes

As difficult as it is to imagine now, when the Masters was inaugurated at Augusta National Golf Club in 1934, the front and back nines were flipped.

The current 10th hole opened the tournament, so the brilliant stretch of the 11th, 12th and 13th was merely the early part of the front nine. Had it remained so, would Herbert Warren Wind have been inspired enough to dub the collection "Amen Corner" in 1956?

Probably not.

It's possible that three of the most fascinating holes on the current front nine — an unseen mystery to television viewers for the first 60 years of the Masters —would have earned their own...

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