10 - 13 April

The Masters: Rob Lee, David Howell and Andrew Coltart play Augusta's par threes

Did Flowering Crab Apple turn sour for our boys in the Shot Centre?

Last Updated: 10/04/14 5:04pm

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Rob Lee, Andrew Coltart and David Howell play Augusta’s front-nine par threes in the Shot Centre.

If Rory McIlroy et al want to be in with a chance of donning the Green Jacket on Sunday night, they must make their mark on Augusta’s quartet of par threes.

Championship pushes could hinge on, or be derailed by, performances on Flowering Crab Apple, Juniper, Golden Bell and Redbud, or the fourth, the sixth, the 12th and the 16th holes, if you prefer.

Sky Sports’  three amigos – Masters Breakfast anchor Rob Lee and his trusty lieutenants, David Howell and Andrew Coltart – examined the challenges of Augusta’s par threes on Thursday morning, inside the Shot Centre.


Rob and Andrew never teed off at the iconic Georgia course, but David has played there three times, registering a best finish of 11th in 2005 as well another top-20 placing in 2006.

So did prior knowledge of Augusta help the Englishman get the better of Mr Lee and Mr Coltart?

Hit the video at the top of the page to see how our boys combatted the first two par threes and the clip to the right to learn what fate befell them on the back nine par threes.

There are more technical demonstrations, as well as highlights and analysis from Augusta, every morning on Masters Breakfast, showing on Sky Sports 4 at 9am until Sunday - a perfect accompaniment to our live coverage, which starts at 7pm on Thursday.

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