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Tiger unhappy with new Augusta changes

Augusta National made only one significant change to the golf course for next year's Masters, and it was enough to get Tiger Woods' attention.

The club added three dozen pine trees to the right of the fairway on No. 11, which will demand an even more accurate tee shot on the 490-yard hole, and likely will bring the pond left of the green into play.

``They said they were going to make some pretty dramatic changes,'' Woods said. ``And I thought they already had. Hootie (Johnson) said they were just getting started, which is kind of funny. I don't understand where you're coming from with that.''

Although he hasn't seen the 11th hole and probably won't until March, Woods said it already was a beast of a par 4 after the club moved the tee back 35 yards and more to the right.

``I guess they're trying to bring the pond back into play and not see us hit driver and short iron into that hole,'' he said.

He might not like the change, but Woods says it wasn't done without some consideration, not to mention documentation. He says Augusta National has been charting every shot by every player the last 10 years or so.

``I guess they're trying to make us play with 4- or 5-irons, like they used to,'' he said.


 

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