The US Masters has provided golfing fans across the world with some of the most iconic and memorable moments in the history of the game. Navigating the world famous Augusta National safely can often be tricky, especially when coming down the stretch in contention on a Sunday evening. We take a look at some of the outrageous shots that paved the way for past champions to finish the job and claim the coveted green jacket. Hopefully we will be treated to another Masters Moment in 2012…
Hometown boy Larry Mize, a native of Augusta, won the 1987 Masters in what Greg Norman said was his most disappointing loss at the event…and he has had his fair share! “I didn’t think Larry would get down in two, and I was right,” Norman said of the chip-in on the 2nd hole of the sudden death playoff. “He got down in one.”
Looking like he was about to crumble under the pressure of a back nine lead at Augusta in the 1988 Masters, Lyle hit shot that many believe to be one of the best in the history of the game and certainly in the history of The Masters.
A stray tee shot from Phil “The Thrill” Mickelson on the par 5 13th seemed to have opened a door for Lee Westwood to make a move and pull away from the American. Lefty had other ideas and slammed it firmly in Westy’s face…this shot would prove to be the straw that broke the cammel’s back.
During a back nine charge that would see Nicklaus go 7 under par through his last 10 holes he hit this beauty of a 5 iron on the par 3 16th. While the ball was in the air his son – who was caddying for him at the time – said, “be the right club”. Nicklaus turned away from the shot, looked his son in the eyes and simply said, “it is”.
Tiger looked like he was about to turn his one shot lead over Chris DiMarco into a one shot deficit on the par 3 16th at the 2005 Masters. We all know what happened next…