As we get on to the end of the Professional Golf season, we always tend to look back to find an image that defines the year. A picture that we can carry in our minds that tells us yes..I remember that shot. A few years down the road, we use that image to remind us of this golf season. I usually define the year with a great shot I’ve seen during the year, and put it in the book as the greatest shot of that particular year.
I hope you’ll be old enough to remember the 1982 US Open when Tom Watson chipped his ball in the hole from a terrible lie to win the tournament and having Jack Nicklaus sitting in the clubhouse with the lead. Three club pros where I used to play in San Jose went to Pebble Beach the next day and tried in vain for 30 minutes to make that shot, and could never get the ball within 15 feet.
How can you forget the 2005 Masters when Tiger Woods made that impossible chip shot from the back of the 16th green. When the ball stopped for a second at the edge of the cup to show us the Nike Logo, we knew why they paid him the $40 million.
So what was the greatest shot that will define this year for you? I have three that deserve to be mentioned. Bubba Watson’s amazing nine iron from the rough at the 10th hole to win the Masters. Tiger’s amazing flop shot at The Memorial’s 16th hole, and the Albatross Louis Oosthuizen made at Augusta on the par five second hole.
At the end of the day, the shots by Tiger and Bubba resulted in a win, and Louis came up one shot short. As I watched the conclussion of the Masters, I was convinced that after the tee shots at the tenth hole, Oosthuizen would be getting his first Green Jacket. He was on the right side of the fairway with a good look at the pin. Watson was deep in the woods and faced a near impossible shot.
Oosthuizen hit his four iron a little fat, and come up short of the green. No problem.. there was no way Watson could get his shot on the green, let alone anywhere near the flag. Not only did Watson make the green, he put so much draw on the ball that it ended up behind the flag. The rest is history.
Watson’s nine iron off of the pine needles, and around the trees, landing softly on the green is my pick for the Greatest Shot in 2012. It will be my image that defined the 2012 PGA Golf Season. If you have a shot that you think was better, be sure to put it into a comment, and let me know.
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