Why did Augusta National cut a new hole on the 5th at the 2017 Masters?

Why did Augusta National cut a new hole on the 5th at the 2017 Masters?


On Sunday in the final round of the 2017 Masters, Russell Henley holed out for eagle with a slam-dunk shot on the par-4 fifth hole. Unfortunately, Henley's shot went into the hole in a way that it damaged the cup cut for Sunday play.

That damage meant Augusta National officials had to come out to the hole to check on the damage to the cut. They quickly determined that the cup would have to be re-cut, so they brought out some of the grounds staff to do just that. They removed the old cup, dug out some of the left over dirt and re-cut it. They then put the cup liner back into the ground and used some white spray paint to make sure the dirt above the cup but before the surface was also painted white.

Fortunately for Henley, that had no bearing on his score, as he went to 1 under par on his round.


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