The Masters, which begins on Thursday, never misses the memory throws that cause a roar in the crowd at Augusta National Golf Club.
This year, there will undoubtedly be more shots falling into this category, and more thunderous roars. Most likely, they will come to the back nine on Sunday, when, as they say, the tournament will really start.
Here are 10 examples in chronological order of sensational shots of players who have gone with the title – and, since 1949, the coveted green jacket.
1935: Gene Sarazen
There is no single film with a frame that would be the best of all. It’s a pity.
The Masters were then not known as Masters; it was Augusta’s national invitational tournament and only the second year.
In the last round, Sarazen was three strokes behind Craig Wood. At number 15, par 5, Sarazen hit a 4-pointer from about 230 yards. The ball fell into the cup for an incredible double eagle. Just so he was connected to Wood.
The next day Sarazen defeated Wood with five shots in the 36-hole playoffs.
1960: Arnold Palmer
After a long birdie strike at number 17 to tie up Ken Venturi, who finished the game, Palmer needed another birdie on the last hole to win his second Masters title in three years.
He nailed a 6-iron from the fairway five feet from the skittles and then turned the pot.
Palmer again won the Augusta National in 1962 and 1964, winning the last of seven of his majors.
1975: Jack Nicklaus
His tee hit at number 16, par 3, in the last round was not what he was looking for and the ball got stuck about 40 feet from the cup. He would most likely have gotten his balance, but still lagging behind the leader, Tom Weiskopf, by throwing.
Forget about steam.
Nicklaus hit the mountain to highlight the bird, raising the stick in the air to celebrate. After Weiskopf and Johnny Miller missed their bird attempts at age 18, Nicklaus won his fifth green jacket.
1986: Jack Nicklaus
The 46-year-old Nicklaus made an unexpected run on Sunday when faced with a second shot on the 15th hole risk / reward.
Risk was worth the reward.
With 202 yards, he hit a 4-iron over the pond about 12 feet from the stud.
He turned the Eagles Patt and followed with the birds at 16 and 17 to win with a stroke. For Nicklaus, who spent 65 in the final round (30 on the back nine), it was his sixth Masters title and 18th, and last, major championship.
1987: Larry Miz
When the playoffs of sudden death began, Miso was not the favorite. His opponents were Greg Norman and Seve Balesteras, future members of the Hall of Fame.
However, it was Miz, a native of Augusta, who made his way from a height of 140 feet at number 11, the second hole of the playoffs to overtake Norman. Balesteros, in pursuit of his third green jacket, dropped out after the tragedy on the first hole of the playoffs.
Miso has won just two more PGA Tour events.
1988: Sandy Lyle
After he hit No. 18 in the bunker, Lyle needed a pair to advance to the playoffs with Mark Calcavecchia, who was already at the club.
From a distance of 150 yards Lyle, who had not seen the flag, struck a magnificent 7-iron ball that flowed down the hill and stopped about 10 feet from the skittles.
Lyle from Scotland made a birdie to become the first player from the United Kingdom to win the Masters.
1998: Mark O’Meara
The tournament seemed destined for the first playoff death since 1990.
O’Meara, who was linked to David Duvall and Fred Parr, lined up A 20-foot bird on the last hole.
There would be no playoffs.
O’Meara, who started the day with two rebounds, scored it for his first major title. A few months later he won his second major at the British Open.
2004: Phil Mickelson
Undoubtedly, Mickelson’s 6-piece of pine straw at № 13 in 2010 deserves to be on the list, but his little bird on the last hole in 2004 also stands out.
Drawing with Ernie Els, Mickelson approached 18 feet from the hole. The playoffs seemed likely, and like O’Meara in 1998, the 33-year-old Mickelson was looking for his first major triumph. He finished second three times.
Jim Nanz, the CBS presenter, said it best when the ball headed towards the cup.
“Or his time? … Yes. ”
2005: Tiger Woods
Leading in the final round by just one, Woods was in trouble after his 8-iron number 16 missed the green on the left. He had to aim about 25 feet from the cup to catch the slope in the perfect location.
He found the perfect spot, and the ball lingered on the edge of the cup for a second or two before crashing into a miracle bird.
Woods secured his fourth green jacket in the first hole of the playoffs against Chris DiMark.
2012: Buba Watson
Watson, in the second hole of the playoffs against Louis Ostheisen, sent his tee into the pine straw on the right.
Advantage: Oosthuizen. Not for long.
Watson managed to catch his wedge shot about 15 feet from the cup. He finished with an equal score, getting the first of his two wins in the Masters when Osthausen made a sucker.
“As an athlete, as a golfer,” Watson told reporters at the time, “it’s a Mecca. That’s what we want to do – wear a green jacket. “