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The 10 Craziest Masters Shots of All Time

The 10 Craziest Masters Shots of All Time

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The Masters have been the scene for some of the most iconic and dramatic shots in the history of professional golf. Augusta National is a course where legends are born and names are etched into the history books. With the 2014 Masters getting ready to start this week, here’s a look back at the 10 craziest Masters shots of all time.

10. Arnold Palmer - 1960

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10. Arnold Palmer - 1960

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Arnold Palmer entered hole No. 17 needing two strokes to win the Masters in 1960. After a miraculous 30-foot putt on 17, the legendary golfer landed an impressive shot on 18 that saw his ball land a few feet from the hole. At that moment, Palmer would become only the second player in history to birdie the final hole at the Masters for the win.

9. Billy Joe Patton – 1954

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9. Billy Joe Patton – 1954

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Amateur Billy Joe Patton nearly made history at the 1954 Masters when he was one stroke short of joining Ben Hogan and Sam Snead in a playoff round. Regardless, Patton was the man of the tournament, specifically due to his shocking hole-in-one on No. 6.

8. Sandy Lyle – 1988

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8. Sandy Lyle – 1988

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Sandy Lyle’s incredible bunker shot on No. 18 was amazing for a couple of reasons. For one, the shot itself was astonishing. The degree of difficulty to land a ball just a few feet away from the pin under those circumstances is something not many professionals would be able to pull off. Secondly, the most famous shot from the 1988 Masters is the reason Lyle won only the second major of his career.

7. Jack Nicklaus – 1986

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7. Jack Nicklaus – 1986

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Jack Nicklaus’ birdie at No. 16 was all the confidence the legend needed to hit the right shots down the stretch to become the oldest golfer to win the Masters. He used a five-iron on the par-three to land the ball approximately four feet from the pin. The shot in itself was amazing, but it was the way Nicklaus carried himself through the process that showed he truly is one of the greatest to ever play the game.

6. Jack Nicklaus – 1975

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6. Jack Nicklaus – 1975

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Nine years prior to Nicklaus’ astonishing Masters win, “The Golden Bear” sank a putt that rocked the loud crowd at Augusta National. After a less-than-stellar shot off the tee box at No. 16, Nicklaus was left with a 40-foot putt in which he sunk in front of the raucous fans. One of the greatest putts in history is the reason why Nicklaus won the Masters in 1975 by one stroke.

5. Phil Mickelson – 2010

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5. Phil Mickelson – 2010

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With the lead on No. 13 at the 2010 Masters, Phil Mickelson attempted one of the boldest shots in the tournament’s history. After a dismal tee shot on the par-five, Mickelson decided to go for the green, despite the fact that his ball sat atop some pine straw. He executed the 207-yard shot brilliantly as the ball stopped just a few feet from the hole. Mickelson would go on to win his third Masters.

4. Larry Mize – 1987

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4. Larry Mize – 1987

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In a playoff with Greg Norman in 1987, Larry Mize sunk a 100-foot chip for birdie that gave him his only major win. What makes it even better is that Mize is a native of Augusta, Ga. It was another example of how close Norman was to winning a major tournament but simply couldn’t get the luck to fall his way.

3. Gene Sarazen – 1935

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3. Gene Sarazen – 1935

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Gene Sarazen hit “the shot heard ‘round the world” in 1935. He used a four-wood on the 235-yard par-five 15th hole to knock in the double eagle. Because Sarazen was down by three shots prior to sinking the double eagle, the shot simply forced an 18-hole playoff with Craig Wood in which Sarazen would ultimately win. The Sarazen Bridge was constructed in honor of the golfer’s improbable shot.

2. Tiger Woods – 2005

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2. Tiger Woods – 2005

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Tiger Woods is regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time, and that proved to be true at the Masters in 2005. Woods took his time to inspect every inch of the green before he attempted his chip from off the green. He then placed the ball several feet above the hole and watched it slowly make its way down until it finally fell into the cup. The 15-foot chip is one of the defining moments of Woods’ career.

1. Bubba Watson - 2012

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1. Bubba Watson - 2012

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The craziest shot in Masters history occurred in 2012. Bubba Watson appeared the odd man out in the second playoff hole. However, his unique style of play resulted in a remarkable 50-yard hook from 140 yards out from the woods that landed about 15 feet from the pin. Watson missed the birdie putt and then made the par putt for the win in his first major tournament.