- Associated Press - Saturday, March 31, 2012

A hole-by-hole look at Augusta National, site of the 76th Masters to be played April 5-8, with famous shots played at each one, and where each hole ranks in difficulty since 1934:

No. 1, 445 yards, par 4 (Tea Olive): This slight dogleg right plays uphill and has a deep bunker requiring a 317-yard carry off the tee. The bunker has a tongue in the left side, so anything that enters the front of the bunker might be blocked by the lip. A bunker is left of the green, which falls off sharply at the back and to the right.

Masters memory: Charl Schwartzel pitched a low-running shot from the right mounds across the green and holed the shot for a birdie to begin the final round of his 2011 victory.

Average score and rank: 4.23 (tie for 6th)

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No. 2, 575 yards, par 5 (Pink Dogwood): A dogleg left that can be reached in two by the big hitters. A fairway bunker on the right comes into play. A big drive kept down the left side shortens the hole, but leaves a downhill lie to a green guarded by two deep bunkers in the front. It is the only par 5 that has not yielded an albatross.

Masters memory: Phil Mickelson hit his tee shot into the creek on the left, took a penalty drop, then went for the green with a driver off the deck that he had to bend some 80 yards around the trees. It reached the front of the green, and he made a 90-foot birdie putt to get into contention in 2003.

Average score and rank: 4.80 (16th)

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No. 3, 350 yards, par 4 (Flowering Peach): One of the best short par 4s in golf, this hole that hasn’t been changed since 1982. Big hitters can drive near the green, but not many try because of all the trouble surrounding the L-shaped green that slopes sharply from right to left. Most players hit iron off tee to stay short of four bunkers on the left side.

Masters memory: Jeff Maggert was leading in the final round in 2003 when he found a fairway bunker to the left. His shot ricocheted off the face of the bunker and struck him in the chest for a two-stroke penalty. He took triple bogey on the hole and never recovered.

Average score and rank: 4.09 (14th)

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No. 4, 240 yards, par 3 (Flowering Crab Apple): This has become a long iron for big hitters, fairway metal for others. A deep bunker protects the right side of the green, with another bunker to the left. Club selection remains crucial because of the deceptive wind. The green slopes to the front. This hole features the only palm tree on the course.

Masters memory: Jeff Sluman made the only ace on this hole in Masters history with a 4-iron from 213 yards in 1992. It carried him to a 65 and a share of the first-round lead.

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