Phil Mickelson - 2010
With two pine trees, a creek, and 207 yards between him and the hole, Mickelson delivered a towering 6-iron off the pine needles through the trees to four feet. It was vintage Lefty, and one of the gutsiest shots ever played. Phil missed the ensuing eagle putt, but the birdie propelled him to a 67 (his third of the tournament) and his third green jacket.
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Jack Nicklaus - 1986
Jack made a monumental back-nine charge, shooting a 30 that featured an eagle-birdie-birdie stretch on 15, 16, and 17. The round featured several clutch shots, but the tricky 12-footer he holed for birdie on 17 most resonates. After parring the 18th and carding a 65, Nicklaus watched as Tom Kite, Norman and Seve Ballesteros faltered to give Jack his sixth green jacket.
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Gene Sarazen - 1935
Sarazen's historic hole-out for double eagle went a long way toward helping popularize the Augusta National Invitational, aka The Masters. Sarazen was torn between hitting a 3-wood or a 4. He pulled the latter. The result was a blistering shot that flew some 235 yards, cleared a greenside pond and dropped into the hole. The deuce tied Sarazen for the lead with Craig Wood, and he went on to win the only 36-hole playoff in Masters history.
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Bubba Watson - 2012
There's likely no other player in the field who could have pulled off the shot Bubba hit on the way to victory in a playoff with Louis Oosthuizen. After a wayward drive on the downhill 10th found the trees right of the fairway, Bubba unleashed a huge hook with his pitching wedge that landed, spun, and settled 10 feet from the hole. Here's how Bubba described it: "I hit my 52-degree, my gap wedge, hooked it about 40 yards, hit it about 15 feet off the ground until it got under the tree, and then it started rising -- pretty easy.” Oosthuizen made a bogey and Bubba went on the victory.
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Sandy Lyle - 1988
Sandy Lyle's path to the green jacket was secured with a masterful fairway bunker shot on the 18th hole Sunday. His 7-iron approach caught the slope behind the hole and trickled to within 10 feet. He rolled in the putt to make birdie and finish a stroke ahead of Mark Calcavecchia.
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Arnold Palmer - 1960
The King came to the 18th hole needing a birdie to win after tying Ken Venturi with a long birdie putt on 17. Palmer found the right side of the fairway with his drive and then rocketed a 6-iron to the uphill 18th green. He nearly holed it and made the subsequent 5-footer to secure the title.
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Jack Nicklaus - 1975
The Golden Bear takes to the air after rolling in a 40-foot putt for birdie at 16 on Sunday. The putt ties Jack with Tom Weiskopf, who watches from the 16th tee as Nicklaus makes his putt. Weiskopf bogies the hole and Nicklaus finishes with two pars to secure his fifth green jacket.
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Larry Mize - 1987
Mize and Greg Norman reached the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. Norman hit his approach shot to the edge of the green, while Mize sprayed his second some 150 feet right and long of the green. Norman looked destined to win his first green jacket until Mize bounced his third shot onto the green and into the hole. When a shaken Norman missed his birdie attempt, Mize won his first and only major championship.
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Louis Oosthuizen - 2012
In the final round, Oosthuizen hit one of the most remarkable shots in the history of the tournament and recorded the rarest of scores - a double eagle. The South African hit a 4-iron from the middle of the par-5 second fairway toward the green, 253 yards away. The shot rolled across the green from left to right and into the hole, for the longest double-eagle shot in the history of the tournament.
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Tiger Woods - 2005
Trailing Chris DiMarco, Woods knocked his tee shot over the green, where it came to rest against the collar of the first cut of rough. After surveying the situation, he opted for a low, spinning pitch, landing the ball well above the hole. The ball bit and then trickled down to the cup, hanging briefly on the lip before dropping in. The crowd, and Tiger, erupted. Woods beat DiMarco in a playoff.
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