While many will debate which shots should make the list of “the greatest ever”, there are a few rare moments that transcend the sport of golf itself, becoming elevated to the ranks of timeless.
Even among the greatest of the great, there are fleeting moments of brilliance, glorious shots that encapsulate the very spirit of excellence and the embodiment of perfection.
Here are five of the greatest shots ever seen at the Masters:
#5- 2010. Phil Mickleson parts the pine from the rough.
Standing on a bed of pine needles off of the 13th hole, 207 yards away from the glory and sitting on a narrow 1-stroke lead; Mickelson stares at the sliver of light between two massive pine trees. Instead of playing it safe and chipping back to the fairway, with a single flawless swing, he sends the ball sailing through that tiny space into the air, landing miraculously a mere 4 feet from the hole. Setting him up for a birdie and sealing the victory for him.
#4-1975. Jack Nicklaus schools Tom Weiskopf and Johnny Miller in living color
For the first time ever, the world got to witness (in Technicolor) the Masters with the birth of the first color televised broadcast of the tournament. With a magnificent 40-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole, the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, earned his 5th green jacket, ushering in a new era in sports viewership.
#3-2005. Tiger Woods on the 16th
While it would be easy to point to 1997 when a 21-year-old Tiger Woods obliterated the field to become the youngest winner in the storied history of the Masters behind a record-braking 12-stroke victory, claiming his first of 14 major tournament titles. Instead, the honor for his greatest Masters shot goes to the Par-3 16th hole of the 2005 Masters. A beautiful chip-in shot that strolled along the slope of the green before coming to rest at the lip of the hole, linger there for what seemed like an eternity and leaving the viewing public breathless with anticipation, before casually dropping in to seal the win.
#2-1935. Gene Sarazen. The Shot Heard ‘Round the World
In the second Masters tournament ever played, Sarazen sat three shots behind the leader, Crag Wood with only four holes left to play. Then, on his 2nd shot on the par-5 15th hole, with 235 yards between him and the pin. With his trusty 4-wood in hand, he summoned all of the strength that he could muster, and blasted single shot that sailed majestically over the water, bounces twice, and dropped in for a impossible double-eagle.
#1-1986. Jack Nicklaus. The Golden Bear Reemerges.
In his final Masters victory, at the age of 46, Jack Nicklaus broke the record for oldest winner of the Masters when he fought from behind to overtake the likes of Nick Price and Greg Norman with a magnificent birdie putt on the 17th hole to claim the lead and win him his 6th green jacket. Single handedly establishing his legacy forever.
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