It was a hole of misses, groans, more misses, more groans and eventually, as muttering players departed for the next tee, sympathetic clapping.
If the No. 1 hole at Augusta National Golf Club could talk, it would have chuckled, perhaps using a pun to declare: “I won.”
It played the toughest of the 18 Masters holes Friday, yielding a mere three birdies and averaging 4.634 strokes.
What made it so difficult?
“You should go out there and watch it,” snapped Ernie Els, normally jovial.
I did, the reporter replied.
Suffice to say, Els made a bogey five.
William McGirt could relate. The hole was at its most brutal early Friday morning, when a chilly wind...