The masters: 10 most memorable shots
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The Masters, which starts on Thursday, never fails to deliver shots to remember, which generate roars from the crowd at the Augusta National Golf Club.
This year will no doubt provide more shots that fall into that category and more thunderous roars. They will most likely arrive during the second nine on Sunday, when, as they say, the tournament really starts.
Here are 10 examples, in chronological order, of sensational shots from players who have won the title – and, since 1949the coveted green jacket.
1935: Gene Sarazen
There is no film of the shoot that is considered the greatest of all, that’s a shame.
Then the Masters were not known as the Masters; it was the Augusta National Invitation Tournament and only in its second year.
in the final round Saracen Craig Wood followed by three hits. On n. 15, a par 5, Saracen hit a 4 wood from about 230 yards away. The ball fell into the cup for an amazing double eagle. That’s right, he was related to Wood.
Sarazen beat Wood by five shots the next day in a 36-hole playoff.
1960: Arnold Palmer
After doing a long birdie putt on the no. 17 to equal Ken Venturi, who had completed the game, palmieri he needed another bird on the last hole to capture his second Masters title in three years.
He nailed a 6 iron from the fairway to less than a meter and a half from the pin and then converted the putt.
Palmer again prevailed at Augusta National in 1962 and 1964, winning the last of his seven majors.
1975: Jack Nicklaus
His shirt shot at no. 16, a par 3, was not what he was looking for in the final round, with the ball coming to rest about 40 feet from the cup. In all likelihood he would get par with him, but he will still follow the leader, Tom Weiskopf, in a hurry.
Nicklaus knocked on the uphill putt for a birdie, lifting the putter in the air in celebration. After Weiskopf and Johnny Miller skipped their birdie attempts at 18, Nicklaus won his fifth green jacket.
1986: Jack Nicklaus
Nicklaus, 46, who do a unexpected rush Sunday when he tackled a second pitch at the 15th risk / reward hole.
The risk was worth the reward.
From 202 yards away, he hit a 4 iron above the pond about 12 feet from the pin.
He converted the eagle putt and followed him with the birds at 16 and 17 to win all of a sudden. For Nicklaus, who shot a 65 in the final round (30 out of the back nine), it was his sixth Masters title and 18th and final major championship.
1987: Larry Mize
When a sudden death playoff started, Mize was not the favorite. His opponents were Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros, future Hall of Famers.
Yet it was Mize, a native of Augusta, who arrived, chipping from about 140 feet on the No. 11, the second hole of the playoffs, to beat Norman. Ballesteros, in search of his third green jacket, had retired after a bugbear on the first hole of the playoffs.
Mize has only won two other PGA Tour events.
1988: Sandy Lyle
After hitting his drive on no. 18 in the bunker, Lyle needed a tie to advance to the playoffs with Mark Calcavecchia, who was already in the clubhouse.
From 150 yards away, Lyle, who couldn’t see the flag, kept hitting a magnificent 7-iron, dripping the ball down the hill to stop about 10 feet from the pin.
Lyle from Scotland birdie putted by becoming the first UK player to win the Masters.
1998: Mark O’Meara
The tournament seemed set for the first sudden death playoff since 1990.
O’Meara, who was related to David Duval and Fred Couples, he was lining up at 20 foot putt birdie on the last hole.
There would be no playoffs.
O’Meara, who had started the day with two back shots, beat him to his first major title. He won his second major a few months later at the British Open.
2004: Phil Mickelson
Undoubtedly, Mickelson’s 6-iron from pine straw on the No. 13 in 2010 deserves to be on the list, but his little bird on the last hole in 2004 also stands out.
Linked with Ernie Els, Mickelson hit his approach 18 feet from the hole. A playoff seemed to be a strong possibility and, similar to O’Meara in 1998, Mickelson, 33, was looking for his first major triumph. He had finished second three times.
Jim Nantz, the CBS handler, said it best as the ball approached the cup.
“Is it your time? … Yup.”
2005: Tiger Woods
Leading the final stage by only one, woods was in trouble after his 8 to n iron. 16 missed the green on the left. She had to aim about 25 feet from the cup to take the slope in the perfect spot.
He found the perfect spot and the ball stayed on the edge of the cup for a second or two before falling for a miracle bird.
Woods secured his fourth green jacket in the first hole of the playoffs against Chris DiMarco.
2012: Bubba Watson
Watson, on the second hole of the playoffs against Louis Oosthuizen, sent his tee shot into the pine straw on the right.
Advantage: Oosthuizen. Not for a long time.
watson managed to hook his wedge shot about 15 feet from the cup. He finished with a draw, earning the first of his two Masters wins when Oosthuizen made a bandit.
“As an athlete, as a golfer,” Watson told reporters at the time, “this is Mecca. This is what we strive for: wearing the green jacket.”