As we get set to tee off in the 2013 Masters tournament from Augusta, Georgia, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on some of the top golfers who made memories to last a lifetime on one of the world’s most challenging courses.
LEFTY ON 18
Phil Mickelson birdied his way to the Green Jacket in 2004 with a birdie on the 18th hole – Lefty’s first-ever win at Augusta
BEAR OUT OF HIBERNATION
Jack Nicklaus’ tee shot on 16 in 1986
MAKE OR BREAK
Fred Couples’ chip shot on 12 in 1992, a make or break shot that led to what was arguably the luckiest three on record
Sandy Lyle’s approach shot from 146 yards out in 1988 after his conservative tee shot which found a fairway bunker. Lyle picked it clean, the ball came to a stop on green but found its way into birdie range and Lyle sunk the putt to claim his only Green Jacket.
Bubba Watson’s approach on 10 in 2012
PUTT FOR DOUGH
Jack’s birdie on 16 in 1975, a shot which still stands as one of the greatest putts ever made
Competing in the second playoff hole in 1987, Augusta native Larry Mize chipped in for a birdie on 11, beating Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros
FOREST THROUGH THE TREES
In 2010, Phil Mickelson’s second shot came up on short on the 13th hole but playing from a terrible lie in the woods, Lefty made unbelievably clean contact in what will live as one of the greatest shots of his life.
COME TO PAPA
One of the most watched shots ever, Louis Oosthuizen took advantage of the slopes on his long approach to No. 2 for a double eagle to get him to 10-under par. It was the first double eagle every captured live at the Masters and only the fourth on record.
GET IN THE HOLE!
Perhaps the most memorable shot in Masters history was Tiger’s top shot in 2005, the chip shot that almost stood still at the lip on 16. It gave Nike all the free advertising they would ever need and helped Tiger to his most recent win at Augusta.
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