Golf: Starting at the hardest hole is not such a big deal for Lahiri

"I'd love to start on the 10th for then the hardest part is quickly out of the way."

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri plays his shot from the fifth tee during the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship In October. PHOTO: AFP
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Amateurs and professionals use somewhat similar equipment for altogether different purposes. We hopefully flog a ball, they play calculated golf, which is the same word turned inside out. We recoil from sand, the pros occasionally aim for bunkers. We are separated always by degrees of difficulty.

And so when the November Masters announced it would have a two-tee start (1st and 10th holes) on the first two days, amateurs may have flinched. Imagine beginning day one on the 495-yard par-four 10th which is historically ranked the toughest hole and has an average score of 4.31?

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