This is the fourth part in a five-part series leading up to the start of the Masters.
The Masters is next week and I am excited! I love the Masters.
The tournament, the first major on the golf calendar, marks the unofficial beginning of golf season.
Players around the country are starting to see grass emerge from the snow that covered their lawns. They are getting out their putters and rolling balls along their carpets. They are visiting driving ranges, taking lessons from pros, hoping that this is the year they finally...well, whatever their goal is this year, they are hoping they attain it.
The Masters is the youngest of the four modern majors, but it is unique among them because it is played at the same course every year: the venerable Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
Over its 76-year history, plenty of amazing things have happened. Arnold Palmer won four of the seven Masters played from 1958 to 1964. In 1992, Fred Couples got his famous "cling" when his ball hung on the bank of Rae's Creek at the 12th hole, defying gravity. Phil Mickelson hit an unbelievable six iron off the pine straw from behind a tree on the 13th in 2010 en route to his third win.
Not all amazing moments are good, though, as Tom Weiskopf can attest. Weiskopf made a 13 on the par-three 12th in 1980. To this day, that is still tied for the highest score ever made on a single hole in the Masters and it is alone as the highest score in relation to par on a single hole in tournament history.
Although none of these made the countdown, they were all worthy of consideration.
First up, as an honorable mention, is an epic meltdown.