Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Making History

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Making History

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No other major championship has a greater collection of signature shots than the Masters, mainly because it's the only major held on the same course. And it helps that Augusta National is such a course that allows for such big moments. Here's a list of the five greatest shots of all time:


No list of great shots at Augusta National should exclude Jack Nicklaus, a six-time champion. His 30 on the back nine in 1986, which carried him to his sixth green jacket, was the most famous charge of all. If there was a signature moment, it happened on the par-3 16th.

Nicklaus was coming off an eagle when he walked over to the 16th tee, which was playing about 175 yards. He hit a 5-iron, and as the ball was still climbing, Nicklaus stooped over and picked up the tee -- partly because he couldn't see so well, partly because he knew he hit it how he wanted.

His son, Jackie, was caddying for him that week and said, "Be right."

Nicklaus replied, "It is."

And it was.

The ball landed right of the pin and trickled down, narrowly missing a hole-in-one and leaving him a short birdie putt that he converted on his way to victory.

4.) SANDY LYLE, 1988

Sandy Lyle had the lead going into the final round of the 1988 Masters, but found himself in a tight battle with Mark Calcavecchia on the back nine. He was tied for the lead going to the last hole, knowing he would need a birdie to win.

Hitting a 1-iron into the first of two bunkers down the left side of the fairway was probably not the best way to make birdie.

That's when Lyle delivered one of the greatest shots on the closing hole at Augusta. He hit a 7-iron just over the tall lip of the bunker, and the shot covered the flag and landed beyond the pin, rolling back to 10 feet.

Lyle made the birdie putt to become the first British player in a green jacket.

3. )TIGER WOODS, 2005

Tiger Woods found himself in a surprising duel along the back nine in 2005 with Chris DiMarco. Woods had a one-shot lead with three holes to play, and he looked to be in trouble when he went long on the par-3 16th hole, and DiMarco had a 15-foot birdie putt.

The pin was in its traditional Sunday position, and Woods was in the wrong spot. …

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