Top 10 Masters Moments
With the Masters upon us, we take a stroll down memory lane to look at some of most memorable moments at Augusta National. Golf Headquarters has ranked our Top 10 Masters Moments, let us know what you think of the rankings!
10. Louis Oosthuizen Double Eagle – 2012
Louis Oosthuizen had a tremendous performance in the 2012 Masters before eventually falling to champ Bubba Watson. On the second hole of the final round, he hit one of the most amazing shots in the tournament’s history. He hit a 4 iron 253 yards from the fairway, after an absurdly long roll, the ball finally fell in the cup. The impressive shot was the first double eagle to be recorded on the 575 yard par 5.
9. Tiger completes the “Grand Slam” – 2001
Tiger Woods completed the career grand slam at the 2001 Masters by winning his fourth consecutive major title. He won the US Open, Open Championship & PGA Championship the previous year before the Masters at the age of 26. He was the first player to complete the “Grand Slam” since the glory days of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player & Ben Hogan.
8. Larry Mize Chip Shot – 1987
After 72 holes, Larry Mize was locked into a three-way playoff with Greg Norman & Seve Ballesteros. Seve was eliminated after the first playoff hole while Norman & Mize went to the 11th hole. Larry’s tee shot left him about 46 yards out and his chances seemed slim. However, Mize was able to hit a remarkable chip shot with a sand wedge that dropped in for birdie. One of the most memorable shots in tournament history allowed Mize to win his first and only major title.
7. Norman Collapses Again – 1996
After blowing the chance to force a playoff in 1986, Greg Norman fell apart on the final day of the 1996 Masters. He held a six shot lead entering the final round and had led throughout the entire event. Norman suffered what would go down as one of the worst collapses in sports history, allowing Nick Faldo to overcome the six shot lead and win his third Masters.
6. Mickelson Breaks Through– 2004
Phil Mickelson desperately needed a major victory to validate him as one of the best; he finally got it at the 2004 Masters. On the 18th, Lefty faced an 18 foot birdie putt which was the most crucial shot of his career. He sank the putt and jumped into the air with both arms and legs extended to celebrate his first major win. The shot and celebration would become one of the most memorable moments in Masters history.
5. Tiger’s 18-under Win – 1997
Tiger Woods set the golf world on fire in 1997, breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record to win with a score of 18-under, 270. Woods would sink the final putt and give his signature fist pump to the world for the first time. It was one of the most dominating performances in golf history, with Tiger winning by a record 12 strokes. He became the youngest player to win at Augusta and was the first non-white player to earn a green jacket.
4. Lefty’s Shot from the Trees – 2010
Phil Mickelson won the Masters for the third time in six years in 2010. The signature moment of his win came on the 13th hole after he sent his tee shot into a wooded area. He had a huge tree trunk right in front of him and could have chipped out to play it safe. However, Lefty decided he was going to take a chance most would not. He was somehow able to draw the ball around the tree, over a water hazard and land it right on the green. It is still one of the most amazing shots to be seen at Augusta.
3. Jack’s Birdie on 17 – 1986
At the age of 46 and in the twilight of his career, the Golden Bear was able to win his record 18th major championship. It has been called of the greatest Masters wins of all time and was punctuated with a pressure packed birdie putt on the 17th. Nicklaus raised his putter into the air as the ball rolled into the cup; this would become one of the most iconic images in golf history.
2. Tiger’s Chip Shot on 16 – 2005
In 2005, Tiger Woods was facing off with Chris DiMarco in a playoff on the 16th hole. Woods faced an extremely difficult chip for birdie with his ball in the rough. He would hit a shot that few people on the planet would even attempt, landing the ball on the top of the green. The slope would then take the ball on a long, breaking roll to the tip of the cup. It would sit on the edge of the hole for a few seconds and then dramatically drop in to send Tiger on his way to a fourth Masters win.
1. Bubba’s Shot from the Trees – 2012
Bubba Watson was in a playoff with Louis Oosthuizen when he hit possibly the most memorable and amazing shot in this era of modern golf. After sending his drive way off right and into the woods, he would find himself in an extremely difficult situation. However, Watson was somehow able to put about 40 yards of left to right hook on the ball, send it out of the trees and back on the green. It is considered by many the greatest shot in Masters History, Bubba would go on to win his first green jacket.