His problem is hooking it off the tee (coming over the top). He hooked it numerous times at Bay Hill and got away with it. He's not getting away with it at Augusta.
I've played Bay Hill. Other than the water, there's not a lot of trouble. It's long, but that's not an issue with the pros.
I wouldn't say "numerous times", but that was his miss that weekend.
However, you said that the treelined fairways shook his confidence and I completely disagree with you. Aside from 18 the trees there are no shoots that require a straight tee ball and all of the fairways are very generous. His confidence is shot because his swing is all over the place both off the tee and with the irons in addition to his short game and putting being horrendous.
Im eagerly awaiting tommorrows final round. What's most amazing to me is how mickelsons managed to stay.competitive in the tournament by birdies on 18 on the first two days when he was having only so so rounds. 18 often results in a high number of bogeys where par is a good score and to pick up 2+ strokes on what was the hardest hole on thursday and I think #3 hardest hole friday.
im hoping phil wins but if thats not in the cards either bubba or hunter would.be.a.nice win.
I would say 15 for me. Nice second shot over the creek, and lots of Eagles, especially with the Sunday pin position.
12, 13, and 16 are close contenders though
If the question is if what hole could you play if you could only play one, it would be 12. The main reason is because having been there the only green that you can't get up close to when you go there is 12 and it would be cool to walk over the bridge.