The Masters possesses a magic brought on by the rare combination of great history and even greater final moments.
When he envisioned the majestic Augusta course, Bobby Jones wanted to create a grand gathering place for his friends, but he could never have anticipated the innumerable fantastic finishes that would ultimately help position the Masters as the greatest tournament of them all.
With the Masters comes enormous suspense: Who will come out of the gates to win the first major of the year? Will the winner be someone with little pedigree (Larry Mize, Doug Ford) or someone who is looking to add to his historic win total (Jack Nicklaus , Tiger Woods , Arnold Palmer )?
With Tiger Woods out of his first Masters tournament in 20 years due to back surgery, this year’s event may be anyone’s to win and may lead to yet another dramatic ending. If the first quarter of the golf season is any indication, it may assuredly come down to the wire as it did at the Shell Houston Open, the Valero Texas Open, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Honda Classic.
Many of the Masters historic endings are known more for the agony of defeat than for the thrill of victory with Greg Norman on the losing end of two of these efforts.
It is hard to ignore Doug Ford’s come-from-behind victory in 1957, Art Wall’s 1959 leap over 12 players to win or Gary Player’s championship via seven birdies on Sunday, but based on drama, imagination, luck and guile, here are the 10 most memorable finishes.