My No. 1 Shot of All Time: Pros recount the greatest shots of their careers

 

Annika Sorenstam
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CAREER CAPPER: Sorenstam calls her hole-out in her final U.S. Women's Open the No. 1 shot of her career.


Annika Sorenstam
MY SHOT

6-iron to cap Hall of Fame career, 2008 U.S. Women's Open, Interlachen G.C.
MY MOMENT
"My last shot at my last U.S. Women's Open is the most memorable of my career. I holed a 6-iron from 199 yards on the par-5 18th for eagle. The U.S. Open had meant so much to my career -- I had won it three times [1995, '96, '06] -- and with that being my last, it was an emotional week. I had a chance to win going into the final round and played poorly. I needed to birdie the 18th hole to break 80, and my drive went right, so I pitched it back into the fairway. Then I hit a solid shot right on line, and it bounced up and went in. The place went crazy. It was surreal. I went in the TV booth afterward, and as they replayed it, there was not a dry eye in there. It was a special memory."

Heath Slocum
MY SHOT

20-footer to win the 2009 Barclays, Liberty National G.C.
MY MOMENT
"I was tied for the lead, last hole, in a FedEx Cup event. To hole that [par] putt, there's nothing bigger. A lot of guys were in the mix. Tiger, Harrington, Steve Stricker. I putted beautifully all week, and I had a good line. I told myself, ‘Get it there.' I didn't know if I had won. Guys were still playing. I asked my caddie, and he wasn't sure. After it dropped it was elation. That putt was magical. I'll remember it the rest of my life."

Vaughn Taylor
MY SHOT

5-wood for albatross, 2012 Mayakoba Golf Classic, El Camaleón G.C.
MY MOMENT
"This year at Mayakoba, I hit a 5-wood from 263 yards and made it for double-eagle. It was a perfect shot. Came off absolutely flush, was dead tracking the whole way, and rolled in. When I hit it, I thought, ‘Wow, this will be good.' I'd never made a double-eagle before. My caddie said it was the happiest he'd ever seen me on the golf course."

Marc Leishman
MY SHOT

Intentional wedge shank, 2001 Australian Junior Masters, Waverley G.C.
MY MOMENT
"It was a sudden-death playoff. I had a downhill lie in a bunker and had short-sided myself, but my ball was on hardpan. The pin was short, really short. I had no chance [to hit a standard bunker shot]. The guy I was playing was on the green. I didn't know what to do, so I put my hands really low on a lob wedge and shanked it on purpose -- hit it right on the hosel. It popped way up, came down, and rolled to about a foot. He three-putted. I won the playoff! It was do-or-die. I couldn't believe I pulled it off. It was jubilation. A one-in- 10,000 shot. I could literally hit another 10,000 balls and not do it again. It was ridiculous."

Bryce Molder
MY SHOT

Birdie putt to force playoff, en route to first win, 2011 Frys.com Open, CordeValle
MY MOMENT
"It's hard not to go with my victory. A lot of cool stuff happened in the six-hole playoff, but I'm going with the putt I made to get into the playoff. I was one behind Briny Baird on the last hole of regulation and saw that he was in the fairway with a wedge in. I had 15 feet for birdie. Something made it easier to be really aggressive just knowing I had to make it. I had to not try too hard and hit it too hard. I knew it was my only chance, and I made it."

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This article first appeared in the October 2012 issue of Golf Magazine, which is on newsstands now. Subscribers can download the issue on their tablets at golf.com/allaccess.

 

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